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Could a Pill Kill Your Junk Food Cravings?

cientists have discovered a way to manipulate gut bacteria to increase the molecules that curb our appetites. The promising results of the initial study might lead to a supplement that would change the way we eat.

[DIGEST: ScienceAlert, Imperial London College, US News]

What makes someone crave potato chips? Why is that plate of cookies so tempting? Some may blame willpower, but scientists have determined that bacteria may be responsible for these junk food cravings. Bacteria in the human gut tell the brain what to eat and how much. One particular type of bacteria, called propionate, produces a molecule that sends signals to the brain to stop eating, and scientists in London have been trying to boost the power of that molecule.

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