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Neurobehavioral Changes after Drinking Sugary Beverages

An interesting new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at the impact of regular sugar-sweetened beverage intake on the brain. In addition, the study probed behavioral responses to the beverage logo. The authors had study participants consume a well-known sugar beverage daily for 21 days. During this time, participants underwent functional MRI tests as well as behavioral assessments.

The results of the test show that individual brain chemistry is altered by the regular consumption of these sugary beverages. Measured changes were observed in various parts of the brain, not only when consuming the beverage, but even when participants simply looked at the logo of the beverage. This indicates that habits can be quickly formed when the brain/body receive pleasurable stimuli, as in this case, from the sugary drink.

The study provides insight into habit-based decision making and could help scientists understand motivations and behavioral tendencies in individuals struggling with obesity.

Burger, K. S. (2017). Frontostriatal and behavioral adaptations to daily sugar-sweetened beverage intake: a randomized controlled trial. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ajcn140145.

The article abstract can be accessed here: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2017/02/07/ajcn.116.140145.abstract

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