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Animal Research Minute – How does a fatty diet affect our brains?

Well, Fox New reports that when mice are fed a high fat diet, they not only gain weight, but their brains create new brain cells in the area of the brain that regulates appetite and eating. When scientists turned off these new brain cells, mice gained 7 percent less weight, even though they remained on a high-fat diet. Scientists think these new brain cells could also be linked to weight gain in people and could, therefore, help them develop more effective weight loss treatments.

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