Can you eat just one potato chip?

I can’t. Most likely, you can’t either.

Scientists are studying rats to find out why.

When German researchers gave rats potato chips, powdered animal food or a mixture of fat and carbohydrates, they discovered that the animals ate similar amounts of the powdered food and the mixture, but they “actively pursued the potato chips.”

Why? The researchers found one clue. Manganese-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging showed that the brain centers responsible for reward and addiction were “most activated” in the rats that ate the potato chips.

Now the researchers are trying to find out what ingredient in the potato chip triggers this brain activity.

I, too, have been known to actively pursue potato chips. Until these researchers can give me more information, I’m going to do my best to resist eating that first potato chip.

The April 16, 2013, issue of The Dallas Morning News reported on this research, which was presented at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

–Joy

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2 Responses to “Can you eat just one potato chip?”

  1. Leslie May 11, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Amen, sister. One leads to many when it comes to chips…especially those ruffles with ridges. It’s the salt and fat I think…two elements which I possess in a much larger quantity than I need.

    • Resolute_Woman May 14, 2013 at 8:07 am #

      You\’re right! Even when you\’re resolute, it can be difficult to resist the ruffles with the ridges.

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