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The endocannabinoid system, which maintains equilibrium in the body by regulating numerous biological functions, including appetite, may underlie our urges to gorge on sweet, starchy, fatty foods, CNN reports. Neurotransmitters that our bodies naturally produce, known as endocannabinoids, bind to the receptors in the brain that make up this system.
Erin Hanlon, a behavioral neuroscientist at the University of Chicago, told CNN that delivering cannabinoids into specific brain regions in animals makes them not only eat, but seek out more palatable foods in particular. “They will choose sucrose over saccharin, despite the fact that in theory both taste the same, but the sucrose has more carbs,” she explained.