The brain can be trained to enjoy healthy food, study suggests

September 2, 2014 2:05 PM

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The brain can be trained to enjoy healthy food, study suggests

In a small, preliminary study, researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital found it may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy foods over calorie-laden, additive-rich fare.

"We don't start out in life loving french fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta," says senior and co-corresponding author Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D. "This conditioning happens over time in response to eating -- repeatedly -- what is out there in the toxic food environment."

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