Research Confirms: Carbs Attack Your Appetite-Control Cells
Studies published as early as 2008 verify this fact. For example, research done by Dr. Zane Andrews, a Monash University neuroscientist, shows that appetite-suppressing cells are destroyed when we eat carbohydrates and sugars, helping to set up a cycle of cravings.
Free radicals are blamed for the damage to these appetite-controlling neurons called POMCs. As we age and especially when we eat carbs and sugars, these free radicals destroy the neurons that should signal the brain that we’re full. The hunger neurons that signal us to eat are protected from destruction by the free radicals, so a metabolic imbalance between the hunger-producing and appetite-controlling neurons is set up.
“The more carbs and sugars you eat, the more your appetite-control cells are damaged, and potentially you consume more,” Dr Andrews said. “People in the age group of 25 to 50 are most at risk. The neurons that tell people in the crucial age range not to over-eat are being killed off.”
“The diet rich in carbohydrate and sugar that has become more and more prevalent in modern societies over the last 20-30 years has placed so much strain on our bodies that it’s leading to premature cell deterioration,” Dr Andrews said.