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Eating Habits and Nutrition

Why do I love to eat junk food?

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  • ALaura Katleman-Prue, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    People eat junk food, well, because it tastes so darn good. We're hooked on the pleasure of eating rich, sweet, and salty foods that look, smell, and taste divine and delight all of our senses. The food industry creates products with this in mind. We consume these products, which alter our metabolism and train our taste buds to desire them, and the food industry further fuels demand for them through alluring advertising. This is a brilliant marketing coup for corporations and an insidious exchange for us -- the food companies get fat bottom lines, and we just get fat bottoms!
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  • AJudy Caplan, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Because those salty, crispy, greasy flavors are so over the top, they are practically addictive! Add in junk food sweets with their extreme sweetness and gooey texture and it is no wonder these foods taste heavenly. But taste is deceiving. Many of these tastes were learned in childhood and the good memories that go with them enhance your love of junk food. Also these extreme flavors can actually change the impulse centers in the brain causing you to crave these foods. In reality these foods are disease promoting and do not create wellness. Once in a while junk food is okay but as an everyday fare, not so much.
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