Food and Addiction: Sugar Addiction - Proof of Concept in Rats?

Food and Addiction: Sugar Addiction - Proof of Concept in Rats?

First Aired: 5/20/2010

Length: 28 minutes


Sugar affects dopamine and opioid brain systems.
 
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Nicole Avena of the University of Florida researches abnormal eating behaviors to understand brain mechanisms that contribute to overeating of sugars and fats. She and her colleagues find that rats maintained on a diet schedule that induces binge eating of sugar can result in several behaviors and changes in the dopamine and opioid brain systems that resemble an addiction.
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