Every time you eat a meal, your brain apparently sends to signals of "rewards" like a good job for eating some yummy food according to a new study from Sci News. This reward is called dopamine.
"Dopamine, is a neurotransmitter that plays a starring role in motivating behavior. According to a new study, dopamine release occurs at two different times: at the time the food is first ingested and another once the food reaches the stomach."
It is basically telling your body that you are happy you are eating and glad that you ate while getting rid of that hunger.
“With the help of a positron emission tomography (PET) technique we developed, we were not only able to find the two peaks of dopamine release, but we could also identify the specific brain regions that were associated with these releases,” said study senior author Dr. Marc Tittgemeyer, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research and the Cologne Cluster of Excellence in Cellular Stress and Aging-Associated Disease, both in Germany, and Modern Diet and Physiology Research Center in New Haven, Connecticut.
How interesting right? You would never think about this while eating or just registering it with the thought that you are starving and need to eat!