Today, I was writing to a chat room about being addicted to sugar and how it is like being addicted to crack and some people got really defensive. But, seriously, it isn’t all our faults. We have been manipulated by food companies. Certain foods are engineered by their companies to make us eat more of them. They are designed to taste good and give us pleasure. The combination of sugar, salt and fat is done to maximize the impact that the foods have on our taste receptors and pathways to the brain.
There are many ways to make foods taste good and give us pleasure.
One of the best ways is to use a combination of sugar, salt and fat to maximize the impact these foods have on our taste receptors and reward pathways in the brain. And when you add artificial flavors and textures, the foods are hard to resist.
The food industry has learned through research what the public wants. It is their job to sell products and make money. They reward the pathways to our brain and they make us ADDICTED to these foods.
So, this is how you get repeat customers, but it destroys the health of those who eat these foods. So, you get addicted, you have the ability to an abundance of these foods and therefore, there is a huge obesity and diabetes epidemic happening. It is the reason people become addicted to these foods and literally can not stop eating even though they know the foods are causing them severe harm.
Here is a link to the story in NPR about it and the book that exposes the secrets.
Do you like the fact that you were and are being manipulated for profit? Think about reading this book and work on your food issues as an addiction. It might make more sense this way for you when you change the way you eat.