Correlation between craving for sweets and alcoholism

  • 4. august 2010 (News)  

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    In the following a new u.s. study, there may very well be the link between alcoholism in a child's family, and the child's own perception of depression, and the baby's cravings for sweets and other sweets. It shows just published research in the journal Addiction.

    The american researchers examined the sweetness of the preference in children with genetic predisposition for alcoholism, and came to alcohol and the sweet taste manages to activate many of the same “belønningskredsløb” in the brain. The study also included children with depressive symptoms, to see if they had the same “belønningskredsløb” with sweets.

    In the study attended 300 children between 5 and 12 years and their mothers. The children were allowed to taste five concentrations of sucrose (sugar) in water, while the researchers, from a questionnaire, rated the children's evs. depressive states. It was also noted the concentration of sukkervand individual children like best. Mothers ' participation in the study was to answer the questions about alcoholism in the family.

    The most intense sweetness, of the five different variants sukkervand, consisted of 24 % sucrose, which corresponds to approx. 14 teaspoon. sugar in a cup of water. The result showed that out of the 300 children who participated in the survey, there were 37 children that seemed best on the most intense sweetness. It turned out that these 37 children had both alcoholism in the family and their own symptoms of depression. The intensity of the cutest mix was one-third sweeter than the other children in the study preferred.

    The researchers uderstreger, however, that a preference for sweet as a child does not necessarily mean an increased risk of alcoholism later in life, writes Tandlægebladet.

    Mennella JA, Pepino MY, Lehmann-Castor SM, Yourshaw LM. Sweet preferences and analgesia during childhood: Effects of family history of alcoholism and depression. Addiction 2010; 105: 666-75.

    Translated by Yandex.Translate and Global Translator

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