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.
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.
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.