Wednesday, February 02, 2011

in the bowels with dopamine hegemony

WSJ | A group of Nestle SA researchers here are on an unusual mission: They hope to create new foods based on gut instinct.

Not the type of instinct one normally equates with intuitive decision-making, but the sophisticated processes that take place in our digestive tracts to let us know when we're hungry. There, a collection of nerve cells work together and communicate much as the neurons in our brain do. It's essentially an autonomous and self-governing second brain that we all carry in our belly.

Nestle says products using its new science could be available within five years. Widely known for its chocolate, the company makes a broad array of foods including cereal, drinks, coffee, frozen meals, bottled water and pet food.

This avenue of food science, which is also being pursued by other food companies, could represent a fresh assault in the fight against flab. One in four Americans is obese, and obesity rates are also rising dramatically in parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Although food companies have long tried to make effective fat-fighting food, their results have been modest.

Nestle and other food giants are now on a push to decipher the language of satiety—the complex signals our gut brain sends to the big brain—and use that knowledge to make better satiety-inducing foods, or foods that make you feel full longer. Nerve cells in the gut are located in the tissues lining the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. Like the central nervous system, the gut brain makes use of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.


nanakwame said...

We return to the past to understand our present future – Sankofa

Human nature does not change our knowledge and toolkits do. And in our early history in the States, there were quite known practice as seen in Back to Eden, now Science has returned to ancient wisdom, to advance truths in an empirical way - my contention in a nutshell. Some of my association will have the last laugh. I guess one day, eating will be based on the personal gut instincts and just drop a packet into the mouth and move on.
My auntie coming from the Afro-Caribbean traditions taught me that cleaning my belly aided my getting better, plus we are both Virgos lol. There was the use of warm coke and enemas I will never forget; today I do it constantly w/o too much of those protocols. A drop of almond oil does the trick. I don’t eat a big meal after 3 PM, unless going to stay up for a party.

In Vedic mythology, the origin of ayurvedic medicine is attributed to the physician of the gods ... Sesame and sunflower oil are used in ayurvedic medicine….The earliest literature of Ayurveda appeared during the Vedic period in India (circa 2000 BC or earlier). Ayurvedic practitioners also identified a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for curing various ailments and diseases. “
There is nothing on earth equal in purity to wisdom, born of mature mind in tune with universe.” Ancient Sanskrit sutra (aphorism)

In reviewing this art that is now accepted as traditional medicine by WHO, they use foods that they know would bring a balance back to the gut and based on personal dispositions.

CNu said...

man, I wouldn't drop one of those Nestle packets in my mouth if the only other alternative was a mud pie....,

Gurdijieff - "shit right, pray right!"