Vagal neurons that carry signals from the gut to the brain (nuclei shown in blue), with cells responsible for fat preference in green. Credit: Mengtong Li / Zuker lab / Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

A dieter wrestling with cravings for fatty ingredients might be tempted responsible their tongue

 the scrumptious flavor of butter or ice cream is difficult to resist the scrumptious flavor of butter or ice cream is difficult to resist

 But new studies investigating the source of our appetites has exposed an entirely new connection between the gut and the mind that drives our choice for fats.

At Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, scientists reading mice found that fat getting into the intestines triggers a signal.

Conducted alongside nerves to the brain, this sign drives a choice for fatty foods. 

 Published September 7, 2022, in Nature, the new have a look at raises the possibility of interfering with this intestine-mind connection 

 to assist save you dangerous alternatives and address the growing global health crisis as a result of overeating.

Our research is showing that the tongue tells our brain what we like, such as things that taste sweet, salty or fatty," said Dr. Zuker