Who would have thought sweets could help you stay in shape?
Who would have thought a diet rich in sweets could be beneficial for your health. Including a little bit of sweets in your meal can help you stay in shape, a new study suggests.health and fitness Updated: Nov 14, 2015 14:06 IST
Sweets have got some benefits when it comes to your health. It may seem too good to be true but adding sweets to your meal could help you from stop gaining unhealthy weight.
Eating sweet foods causes the brain to form a memory of a meal and this memory can help you better control eating habits, the researchers explained.
Neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for episodic memory, are activated by consuming sweets, the study said.
Episodic memory is the memory of autobiographical events experienced at a particular time and place.
“We think that episodic memory can be used to control eating behaviour,” said one of the researchers Marise Parent, professor at Georgia State University in the US.
Studies have found that increased snacking is correlated positively with obesity, and obese individuals snack more frequently than people who aren’t obese.
To understand energy regulation and the causes of obesity, scientists must consider how the brain controls meal onset and frequency, Parent said.
In the current study, a meal consisting of a sweetened solution, either sucrose or saccharin, significantly increased the expression of synaptic plasticity in dorsal hippocampal neurons in rats.
Synaptic plasticity is a process that is necessary for making memories.
The findings were published online in the journal Hippocampus.