Why do we love junk food?
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Why do we love junk food?
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You asked us a question. "Why do we love junk food?"
 
A lot of money goes into making junk food. A lot of strategy goes into making junk good too. Effort also is a big part of making junk food.
 
The goal is to make it cheap. It needs to be easy. And even though it has little to no nutritional value it keeps you wanting more.
 
It is often high in things like salt and sugar. It also has a lot of fat. They start pleasure centers in our brains. Those make us feel oh-so-yummy-good. And they make us want to keep eating.
 
See, our brains are pretty big. They need a lot of energy to do their thing. So we evolved to love high-energy food.
 
Beyond the super high calorie count, junk food makers have a million tricks up their sleeves. That is when it comes to making us really want their products.
 
Like the melt-in-your-mouth quality that tricks us. We think the calories have magically floated away.
 
Or boosting flavor just short of what is called, "sensory specific satiety."  It is flavor that is really big. It overwhelms your brain. And you end up not wanting anymore.
 
We know that it is not good for us. Eating junk food it is linked with many health problems. Some of those are obesity and diabetes. Heart disease and even cancer are also linked to junk food. But even with those problems junk food can be really hard to resist.
 
Food for thought, for sure.

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why does it take a lot of time and money to design fast food, when the food itself is fast and cheap?
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COMMENTS (204)
  • keyshawn-hym
    10/19/2015 - 02:05 p.m.

    It takes a lot of time and money to design fast food because it takes a lot of strategy.
    1.One trick is to use salt and sugar in foods.

  • keyshawn-hym
    10/19/2015 - 02:07 p.m.

    2.It can cause health disease and cancer

  • kylie-hym
    10/19/2015 - 02:08 p.m.

    Junk food isn't good for us but most people eat junk food because people think it's really good but we shouldn't eat junk food. It takes a lot of money to design fast food because the people who make fast food have a trick to put silt on the junk food so it makes it taste good so they put the junk food in the store and then people buy it and eat it and can't get a noghtf of it.????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • jocelyn-hym
    10/19/2015 - 02:24 p.m.

    1. juk food makers whats us to eat ther food decause they thik it is helthy for us. 2. dy eating juk food can cos cavudys and toth aks.

  • gianna-hym
    10/19/2015 - 02:25 p.m.


  • ms1-bla
    10/22/2015 - 10:58 a.m.

    places like McDonalds were healthy when first created because they din not have cemacals fat shuger and dies to put in food but now we have those stuff sadly lucky i eat paleow

  • ms1-bla
    10/22/2015 - 11:34 a.m.

    I hate junk food. I eat paleo. it means i eat super healthy. i cant eat surger only natural surgers. fast food places are one of the most non healthiest places ever i hate them so munch every fast food place is 98.1 percent non healthy. they lushly put so munch chemicals in the food it should not be conciterd food at all

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    This is interesting. Until now, I've always wondered the reason for liking unhealthy, sugary things. What is it about healthy foods that are so unappealing to our brains?
    It takes a long time to make junk food because they have to make it taste good so you always want more.

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    ReplyIt takes a long time to make junk food because they have to make it taste good so you always want more.

    Reply

  • edenh-cam
    10/22/2015 - 02:45 p.m.

    I used to eat junk food, then my brother got Type 1 Diabetes, and we went to go see a special doctor, and now we are vegans so my brother won't be insulin independent. I realized that we have to watch what the U.S need to be eating!

  • teanna-hym
    10/22/2015 - 02:59 p.m.

    gbjkj

  • isaiah-hym
    10/22/2015 - 03:07 p.m.

    I think it is not healthy for you????

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