Eating Fat Like Smoking Pot

by Christopher Paul on July 5, 2011

Researchers (I love those guys) have found that eating fatty foods triggers the body to produce chemicals called endocannabinoids which also found in marijuana. These chemicals tell the brain to keep eating which is why fatty foods are so hard to put down.

“…This message commands the production of endocannabinoids in the gut, which in turn drives a cascade of other signals all pushing the same message: Eat, eat, eat!

This message would have been helpful in the evolutionary history of mammals, Piomelli said. Fats are crucial to survival, and they were once hard to come by in the mammalian diet. But in today’s world, where a convenience store full of junk food sits on every corner, our evolutionary love of fat easily backfires.”

Curiously, the scientist interviewed for the report said that creating a drug that blocked the brain’s endocannabinoid receptors would cause anxiety and depression which makes me think that both fatty foods — and pot — are good for calming the nerves.

Body’s Own Marijuana Chemicals Trigger Love of Fat – LiveScience via Tim Carmody

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