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Your Health: August 16, 2013 High fat foods and overeating

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    Scientists may now know why some people who battle to choose healthy food over fatty foods obsess over chips and cookies.
      Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla. say eating food -- especially food high in fat -- triggers the release of the feel-good brain chemical dopamine.
   They say the discovery shows how the gut talks to the brain's reward centers, and how high-fat diets can jam this communication, potentially leading to overeating and obesity.
       The study was conducted using in mice.
       It also found that high-fat diets actually led mice to turn up their noses at their normal, low-fat chow.
       The findings appear in the latest journal, Science.

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