MIAMI (CBS4) – If you ever think I’m not making much sense, it may be that I’ve gone too long without eating junk food, although that’s not much of a problem during the holiday season when fatty and sugary treats are everywhere.
Joking aside, a new study in mice suggests that eating junk food can change the brain, spurring symptoms of anxiety and depression if you stop consuming it.READ MORE: CBS4 Investigates: Smugglers Trying To Cash In On COVID Pandemic
The University of Montreal researchers fed some mice a high-sugar, high-fat diet and found the changes in the brain kicked in even before the mice became obese.READ MORE: ‘Lived Her Life Fiercely’: Hundreds Gather At Miami Dade College For Wake Remembering Congresswoman Carrie Meek
That’s because once you get used to junk food, your brain launches you into a vicious cycle of bad eating.
The bad diet triggers biological changes similar to addiction. A change from that diet then leads to withdrawal symptoms and greater sensitivity to stress and depression than mice who were fed a low-fat diet.
A separate study in the journal Neurology also found a relationship between having high blood amounts of trans fats and decreased performance on brain tests and smaller brain volume.MORE NEWS: Fourth Day Of Jury Deliberations In Dayonte Resiles Murder Trial Ends With No Verdict
I had McDonald’s for lunch. You can draw your own conclusions about my brain function.