Why do we love junk food?
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Why do we love junk food?
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You asked us, "Why do we love junk food?"
 
A lot of money, strategy and effort go into designing junk food.
 
The goal is to make it cheap, convenient, and -- despite having little to no nutritional value -- to keep you wanting more.
 
It's typically high in things like salt, sugar and fat, which trigger pleasure centers in our brains, making us feel oh-so-yummy-good and encouraging us to keep eating.
 
See, our brains are relatively big and require 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 when it comes to making their products irresistible.
 
Like the melt-in-your-mouth quality that tricks us into thinking the calories have magically floated away.
 
Or boosting flavor just short of what's called, "sensory specific satiety" -- flavor that's so big, it overwhelms your brain and you end up not wanting anymore.
 
So despite knowing it's not good for us -- eating it is linked with things like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer -- junk food can be really hard to resist.
 
Food for thought, for sure.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/teen/why-do-we-love-junk-food/

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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 (41)
  • rodriguezsantiago,juan-1-cas
    10/21/2015 - 02:06 p.m.

    1-wow I did not know that junk food takes over our brains, but to realize it is very bad for our brain health and also I should eat less junk food and eating more healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, salads etc.
    2- I think we should all be more aware of what we eat that junk food is bad for your health but anxiety attacks us and that's why we make the mistake of eating too much junk food, but we know we should eat more healthy food and not cheap food.

  • slaydej-ofs
    10/21/2015 - 03:53 p.m.

    I think it makes sense, of course if we like it we're gonna want more so we'd have to go buy more of it and its working.

  • jakobm-ofs
    10/21/2015 - 04:05 p.m.

    we love junk food because of all the good flavors and the fact that is pretty cheap makes people wanna buy it and it can produce a lot of energy for you body which you brain craves

  • ravend-bag
    10/21/2015 - 08:18 p.m.

    It takes awhile to modify food to make it have a high content is something so small but still have great taste. Fast food like McDonalds has figured out that people like cheap food. So they trick us that if they make a high content of fat they will be able to make us come back and want more

  • swerbenski,amber-cas
    10/22/2015 - 08:25 a.m.

    1.It takes a lot of time and money to make junk food because it has to look appealing to whoever buys it. The producers need to make it taste good and look good or else it might not sell in stores.

    2. I personally love junk foods no matter how bad they are for me. I could honestly eat it for days on end. At the same time, i try not to eat too much of it though because it isn't healthy. I didn't know that it practically takes over your brain. I think people should be more aware of what exactly they eat or how much they are eating.

  • delano,tina-cas
    10/22/2015 - 10:23 a.m.

    1; I found it interesting that a lot of salt and sugar can effect/ trigger pressure points in our brains. I also did not know that they put things called "sensory specific satiety" that makes the flavor overwhelm your brain and makes you want more.

    2; It takes a lot of time and money to design fast food because if the junk food looks nicer they think people would buy more of it and forget about how its not healthy. It makes people less aware of what they're putting inside of their bodies.

  • briannec-ste
    10/26/2015 - 07:40 p.m.

    I feel like after reading this I shouldn't like junk food as much. Although, they are right about wanting more. What sucks is that they aren't even making junk food cheap anymore.

  • ameliat-Orv
    10/27/2015 - 12:31 p.m.

    I think that it takes so much time and money to design fast food because they need to chemically modify the foods to make them.

  • andrewb1-day
    10/30/2015 - 10:36 p.m.

    Junk food is a very good treat to have once in a while. Having this too often is one of the top reasons for child obesity though which is a major problem. Companies try to make the food as addicting as possible to make as much money as possible. The plan for them seems to be working even though it has negative effects.

  • julianc-bag
    10/31/2015 - 11:42 a.m.

    No junk food should not be discarded like drugs because it is harmful but at the same time it's not like the plaig.

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