i was just reading again about all the artificial sweeteners, refined sugars, and high fructose corn syrups are in our foods these days. we used to get our need for sweet fulfilled in nature,like raw fruit. and please let’s not even discuss a tub or marjorine or “spread”…when you see those at the store, think, “those will spread the size of my thighs (or belly)!” Chapter 4 of It Starts With Food discusses all this. And it makes me mad. Really mad. why, oh why, did I ever try an oreo? or a peanutbutter cup?
How could scientists in our own country design addictive sugary things like oreos, twinkies, gummies, etc. to get us hooked on purpose?! In chapter 4, the “Science-y summary” is this:
- The food choices you make should promote a healthy psychological response.
- Sweet, fatty, and salty tastes send pleasure and reward signals to the brain. In nature, these signals were designed to lead us to valuable nutrition and survival.
- Today, these flavor sensations are unnaturally concentrated in food, which is simultaneously stripped of valuable nutrition.
- this creates food-with-no-brakes – supernormally stimulating, carb-dense, nutrient -poor foods with all the pleasure and reward signals to keep us overeating, but none of the satiety signals to tell us to stop.
- these foods rewire pleasure, reward, and emotion pathways in the brain, promoting hard-to-resist cravings and automatic consumption. Stress and inadequate sleep only reinforce these patterns (making them even harder to break!)
Reconnecting delicious, rewarding food with the nutrition and satiety that nature intended is the key to changing these habits.
source of deep fried oreos pic: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=oreo+twinkie&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.44158598,d.dmQ&biw=1241&bih=584&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&authuser=0&ei=gcRQUZH5Jsny0wGBjYCgDg#imgrc=pSNs5p5h8dGndM%3A%3B55tceG0dOFbvqM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fcleverpinkpirate.com%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2012%252F07%252FDSC09932.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fcleverpinkpirate.com%252F2012%252F07%252F10%252Fsummer-delights-deep-fried-oreos-deep-fried-twinkies-and-deep-fried-snickers-oh-my%252F%3B3311%3B2217