What is pleasure food?

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Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

Foods are powerful, not only with the ability it has to nourish us, but also how it makes us feel emotionally. Specific foods and food situations have the ability to trigger the pleasure/reward pathway in our brain. This is a normal animal instinct that at one time was an evolutionary advantage. The pleasure of eating drove our ancestors to seek food out daily. In today’s fast food world it is not such an advantage. It is however, part of our genetic code. All foods stimulate the brains reward center, and some more than others. For example, simple carbs such as sugar and other sweets are particularly pleasure stimulating.

Laura Katleman-Prue
Nutrition & Dietetics
Pleasure food is any tantalizing edible that sets your heart atwitter. It's the stuff you fantasize about, longingly counting the minutes before getting it into your mouth. Pleasure food has been engineered, often through the addition of fat, salt, and sugar, to captivate us and get us to crave it.
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