Western Cuisine Switches On Obesity Genes

Having extra portion of gravy or dessert at a party is even less healthy than you think. Fatty and sweat foods deal your health a doubled blow by activating obesity genes. New findings are a silver lining for those who suffer from obesity and want to get rid of the problem.

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According to the results of a new study published online in The FASEB Journal, a diet based on fats and sugars activates genes that eventually make our body store more subcutaneous fat. This means that this sort of diet deals us a doubled blow as the already hard task of converting extra fats and carbs into energy becomes even more complicated because these foods turn our body into “huge fat storing machine”.

In this publication, scientists explain how foods rich in fats and carbs stimulate the so-called kappa-opioid receptor which plays role in fat metabolism. The simulation of this receptor enables a mechanism that makes our body store more fats than normal.

The study represents more evidence that diets rich in fats and sugars should be avoided. Dr Gerald Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal says that in times when food was scarce and hunger was common, an adaptation mechanism that allows our body to store as much fat as possible during the good times was vital.

“By taking that opioid receptor off the table, researchers may have found a way to keep us from eating ourselves to death.”

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