Addictive Food

Sugar is bad for you. We hear it all the time – on the news, in social media, on radio, in the newspapers. Just how bad?  THIS will give you some info.

Recently we’ve watched a few episodes of a BBC documentary called Junk Food Kids. It’s heart wrenching to see kids as young as two years old with tooth decay so bad that almost all of their baby teeth have had to be extracted. The problem seems to be really widespread, requiring increasing levels of health care resources.

It was brought to my attention yet again  through a blogpost I read the other day.

Here’s some ‘food for thought’  from Tamara at the The Purple Almond. 

She shares some interesting information in her post about the science behind addictive food:

This video was brought to my attention by my university. As a recovering sugar addict myself, I felt it was important to share this with all of you.

This video discusses the lengths food manufacturers go to, when developing products. The chemistry, physics, biology, math, etc to discover just the right amount of SALT, SUGAR AND FAT to reach the “bliss point”, or the point that makes you continue to eat, and eat, and eat, and eat…even when you’re body tells you ENOUGH!

It is based on the book  SALT SUGAR, FAT by Michael Moss. In his book, Mr. Moss gives you the inside scoop into just what happens in the board rooms and the labs of food manufacturing companies.

Thanks Tamara.

Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace
Food is medicine. We can actually change our gene expressions with the foods we eat. David Perlmutter

22 thoughts on “Addictive Food

  1. I love food and sweet drinks too. But because i am on the the big side, i try to control myself. It’s very hard and i often miss my drinks.

    1. Know what you mean. I like to have a bubbly drink too, as a change from water. For that I drink mineral water. Sometimes I add a bit of cordial or juice to it – you have total control of how much you add.

    1. It’s good you managed to rid yourself of it. Artificial sweeteners are so toxic, and contrary to what we are told, they actually make you crave for more sweets.

  2. Thanks for this post Raili. I am reading a fabulous book called “How not to Die” by Dr.Michael Greger full of facts and scientific studies about how our food affects us. I would recommend it to everyone.

  3. I dot suppose it even occurred to those scientists who were bragging about the amount of work that goes into designing addictive synthetic foods, that there’s anything wrong with what they’re doing…

  4. I would like to pose a question for discussion. Should we be angry at manufacturers for trying to sell their products or should we be more concerned with educating the public about the consequences of consuming excessive sugar? Where should we aim our efforts?

    1. Interesting question. I personally don’t think anger is going to achieve any meaningful, permanent change. Educating the public will not only give them an understanding of how to make better health choices (and an improved level of wellbeing), it will also mean they will vote with their purse strings. Once the manufacturers start feeling the financial pinch they will be forced to change.

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