However, the researchers found a test with sick rats particularly enlightening: The pain-suppressing effect occurred only with clear water in these animals? apparently the only thing they found in their condition as pleasant and soothing, according to the interpretation of the scientists. In contrast to the previous assumption, it is not the calories, the sweet taste, hunger or at least appetite that are necessary for the anti-pain effect of food. Only a pleasant taste and the feeling that the food does the body well seem to be the prerequisite for the effect.
While animals in the wild may benefit from this interconnection between sensation of pain and taste, it is likely to have devastating consequences for modern society, author Peggy Mason believes: the system has evolved to ensure that food is fully consumed when it is tangible. However, in today's society, food is available almost always and everywhere, and that makes people eat much more than they should. However, Mason sees this discovery as having positive potential: since it has been shown that sugar is not necessary for the analgesic effect, it is also possible to soothe a sick child with a glass of water instead of a sweet. provided the effect exists in humans in this form at all.Peggy Mason and Hayley Foo (University of Chicago): Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 29, No. 41 ddp / science.de - Ilka Lehnen-Beyel advertisement