Scientists may have come up with a cure for junk food cravings
Vanilla ice cream, freshly glazed donuts and a delicious bacon cheeseburger with fries: these are a few of many people's favorite things.
But no one likes the consequences of gorging on all those tasty treats.
If you, like most of the population, have ever wondered about a way to suppress your junk food cravings, researchers in London may have found the answer.
In a study conducted with 20 participants, a special supplement called inulin-propionate ester, or IPE, was ingested and appeared to reduce the participant's longing for high-calorie foods.
Researchers believe IPE suppresses the brain-stomach connection and reward trigger associated with junk food thirst.
Experts say IPE can limit the brain activity associated with food reward, which can lead to less cravings and less gorging.
The Imperial College in London and the University of Glasgow in Scotland hope to replicate these results on a larger scale, as well as add IPE to foods we already consume.
Just remember, eating less junk food isn't an excuse to avoid the gym!