YOUR BRAIN CAN BE REPROGRAMMED TO THINK YOU HATE CER­TAIN TASTES

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Re­searchers at Columbia Univer­sity’s Zuck­er­man In­sti­tute have fig­ured out which parts of the brain can be stim­u­lated to pro­voke dif­fer­ent re­ac­tions to taste. In their ex­per­i­ments, they were able to make mice think or­di­nary wa­ter was sugar, made them like bit­ter­ness and turned sweet treats into some­thing nasty. And al­though this is still in the ex­per­i­men­tal stages be­ing con­ducted on lab an­i­mals, the re­search could give hope to those look­ing to lose the few ex­tra ki­los they put on be­cause they have a fond­ness for sugar, but more im­por­tantly, help those de­pen­dent on emo­tional eat­ing and those suf­fer­ing from eat­ing dis­or­ders. It might even con­trol the obe­sity pan­demic grip­ping the world.

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