How Carbs Can Trigger Food Cravings

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  • Are all calories created equal? A new study suggests that in at least one important way, they may not be.

    Sugary foods and drinks, white bread and other processed carbohydrates that are known to cause abrupt spikes and falls in blood sugar appear to stimulate parts of the brain involved in hunger, craving and reward, the new research shows. The findings, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that these so-called high-glycemic foods influence the brain in a way that might drive some people to overeat.

    For those who are particularly susceptible to these effects, avoiding refined carbohydrates might reduce urges and potentially more…