Welp, it looks like we’ll need a new excuse for our candy addiction now…
Do you forget your desire to shrink your love handles every time a co-worker shows up to work with a box of donuts? While you may typically blame your sweet tooth, it may be time to drum up a new excuse. Why? Because according to a new study, there’s no such thing as having a sweet tooth.
This somewhat-disturbing discovery was a result of when Yale University, University of Sao Paulo, and Federal University scientists teamed up and gave mice a choice between eating two types of sugar. The first sugar had an appealing sweet taste but was low in calories and the second, more caloric variety had been modified to taste bad. Interestingly enough, time and time again, the mice chose the funny tasting calorie-laden sugar over it’s tastier counterpart. The researchers realized that the areas of the brain that are wired to respond to sugar naturally prioritize quantity of calories over taste—which is why the less-caloric option wasn’t as appealing.
So, simply put, when you think you’re craving a cookie, piece of chocolate, or something else that’s sweet, it’s really just your body’s way of telling you it needs calories to keep your body going strong. Our suggestion: Give it what it wants in the form of something wholesome like fruit, whole grains, nuts, or one of these 23 Best Foods For Energy—and walk right by the junk food that will just leave you feeling “blah” after the sugar high wears off.