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Supra-Additive Effects of Combining Fat and Carbohydrate on Food Reward

Published inCell Metabolism, vol. 28, no. 1
Publication date2018

Post-ingestive signals conveying information about the nutritive properties of food are critical for regu- lating ingestive behavior. Here, using an auction task concomitant to fMRI scanning, we demonstrate that participants are willing to pay more for fat + car- bohydrate compared with equally familiar, liked, and caloric fat or carbohydrate foods and that this poten- tiated reward is associated with response in areas critical for reward valuation, including the dorsal striatum and mediodorsal thalamus. We also show that individuals are better able to estimate the energy density of fat compared with carbohydrate and fat + carbohydrate foods, an effect associated with func- tional connectivity between visual (fusiform gyrus) and valuation (ventromedial prefrontal cortex) areas. These results provide the first demonstration that foods high in fat and carbohydrate are, calorie for calorie, valued more than foods containing only fat or carbohydrate and that this effect is associated with greater recruitment of central reward circuits.

  • Food
  • Reward
  • Brain
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DIFELICEANTONIO, Alexandra G. et al. Supra-Additive Effects of Combining Fat and Carbohydrate on Food Reward. In: Cell Metabolism, 2018, vol. 28, n° 1. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2018.05.018
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