Have you ever dieted and thought that your stomach controls your brain, not vice versa? Have your ever thought that your stomach has a mind of its own? If so, you may not be far off.
Researchers at the Nestle Corporation have been examining how to create a food that will tell the brain that the stomach is full, primarily to aid in weight loss. The Wall Street Journal discussed this research in an article entitled, “Hungry? Your Stomach Really Does Have a Mind of Its Own“.
Nestle, one of the world’s largest food companies, hopes to develop new types of foods that, essentially, seek to trick the gut brain. The foods could make people feel full earlier, or stay full longer, in order to curb the desire to eat more. For example, cooking french fries in oil that gets digested more slowly than regular oil could confer a longer-lasting sense of satiety, researchers speculate.
“This means that people will report a sense of fullness more quickly,” says Heribert Watzke, a senior food scientist at Nestle. “That tells the big brain to stop eating.”
During the course of this research, they have learned a few things about the stomach’s “gut brain”. The infographic below explains the data and information about how the stomach “thinks” regarding hunger in terms I can understand.
Clicking on the image above will take you to a larger image with a zoom function. Image courtesy The Wall Street Journal.)
Does this infographic of what I believe is a complicated set of information and data about the stomach’s functioning explain to you why your stomach has a mind of its own?