Binge-Eating Linked to Very Specific Gut Bacteria

The Urban Monk

Food as a Reward

There are two particular areas of the brain contributing to overeating — the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala.

The first has a command in motivation, reward, pleasure, positive and negative reinforcement, and distaste.

The second plays an important role in the regulation and experience of emotion.

You can see why those two areas would affect and be affected by addiction in general, and in this case overeating — it’s not a survival impulse. It’s an emotional impulse.

The Tryptophan Metabolite

Metabolites are small molecules that are formed as a result and at the end of metabolism.

It can balance nitrogen in adults, producing niacin with the help of several other vitamins (which in turn produces serotonin), and promoting growth in babies.

And it’s not just found in turkey. Tryptophan is found in chicken, cheese, fish, peanuts, pumpkin and sesame seeds, chocolate, milk, eggs, and more.



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