Eating THIS Feeds ‘Feel Good’ Hormones in the Brain

As though we needed a new reason to love pizza …

(MARY ELIZABETH DALLAS, HEALTHDAY) Eating prompts the brain to release “feel good” hormones, known as endorphins, a new study shows.

Eating pizza not only pleases the taste buds, it leads to “a notable increase in pleasant feelings,” scientists say.

Finnish researchers scanned the brains of 10 male volunteers using positron emission tomography (PET). The participants were instructed to fast overnight and were injected with a radioactive compound, which binds to opioid receptors in the brain.

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Using the PET scans, the scientists measured the radioactivity in the men’s brains after they broke their fast and ate a pizza. The scans were repeated after the volunteers consumed a less mouth-watering liquid meal that contained the same amount of calories as the pizza.

The investigators found that both meals triggered a significant release of endogenous opioids in the brain. However, only the pizza led to a notable increase in pleasant feelings, the researchers said. READ FULL STORY AT US NEWS.