Eating too many burgers and fries? Your brain might show the effects, if new mouse research holds true in humans. Researchers have discovered that a high-fat diet causes new brain cells to sprout in an area of the brain that seems to regulate eating.
Interestingly, if the researchers stopped new brain-cell growth, mice gained less weight and stayed more active, even while eating their “supersize me” diet.
“We really don’t understand the function of these neurons in the normal brain,” study researcher Seth Blackshaw, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told LiveScience. “Our data suggests that these neurons may have an important role in regulating feeding.”