Scientists found that mice brains have separate pathways when it comes to sugar processing. One circuitry processes sweetness and the other, energy.

They found that mice brains chose bad-tasting sugar with lots of calories over good-tasting sugar with no calories.

Then why do we crave sweets?

Read: How sugar and fat trick your brain into wanting more

If researchers could find a way to enhance our brain’s ability to crave nutritious, energy-rich foods instead of empty calories, that would probably be part of the solution to the obesity epidemic.

Let’s study human brains. Perhaps people who crave sweets are wired differently than those who crave salt? More importantly, do people who follow insanely strict diets crave sugary foods or have they changed their neuronal circuitry?

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