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Sweet! Science Identifies the “Sugar Craving” Circuit in Our Brains

Now that we’ve identified it, can we use it to help us eat better?

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A new study done by researchers out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s has, for the first time, identified the existence of a specific neural pathway in the brain which regulates compulsive sugar cravings independent of the body's other appetite-related processes. That's good news for anyone who finds themselves the owner of a seriously unhealthy sweet tooth—an independent neural circuit responsible for extreme sugar cravings has the potential to be treated without interfering with the body's natural appetite for other (hopefully healthier) foods.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Promoting Fresh Food Access

Adults living in neighborhoods with no supermarkets have significantly higher obesity rates. How to increase their availability to healthy foods?

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Studies have shown that the number of grocery stores in a neighborhood has a direct correlation to the rate of obesity in its residents. Without a nearby institution providing fresh produce, shoppers tend to make unhealthy eating choices. How can neighborhoods without a supermarket increase their access to healthy foods?

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