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 and strategy goes into designing junk food. A lot of effort also goes into designing junk food too. 
The goal is to make it cheap and handy. And despite the fact that it has little to no nutritional value, the goal is to keep you wanting more.
It's typically high in things like salt, sugar and fat. They trigger pleasure centers in our brains, making us feel oh-so-yummy-good and making us want to keep eating.
See, our brains are relatively big. They 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 tempting.
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's called, "sensory specific satiety."  It is 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.

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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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  • rileyc-gon
    10/15/2015 - 10:25 a.m.

    All the flavors

    i really don't know.

    • carolined-sch
      3/01/2016 - 03:26 p.m.

      7.) I don't understand what you are trying to say can you please make it a little bit more clear.

      • maxtonk21
        1/13/2021 - 11:44 a.m.

        The process of making fast food takes hundreds of hours and millions of dollars to design it. Also with the risk of it not having many sales, it could become a total loss. Why is this so? Most of the time, it becomes very addicting, resulting in more sales. The more Monosodium glutamate the food has, the more you want it. Also, fast food is inexpensive and reliable, which makes it a highly viable option if you´re in a rush for some food. This makes it a wildly popular type of food. Normally it will get many sales so they can regain the money spent and even make a profit! Did you know that an average American spends approximately $1,200 on fast food annually? My conclusion after this is the fast food gets many sales and it´s fast and quick, so it can be priced lower.

  • ryan-pon
    10/15/2015 - 10:26 a.m.

    it take time and money to make junk food because it has suger because in the text it states that they have tickics like metleting candy wich makes your barian say um i need more.

  • kreed-fra
    10/15/2015 - 11:05 a.m.

    because people deepfry a lot of stuff and a deep fryer could me a lot of money. Fast food places do that to likefrys and nuggets at mcdonelds it is bad for you.

  • kreed-fra
    10/15/2015 - 11:08 a.m.

    because it has a lot of bad food in it but making the food is fast

  • leop-mcc
    10/15/2015 - 11:23 a.m.

    It takes a lot of time and money to design it because t needs to look good and taste good so that costumers will want more and more, even though it is fast and cheap.

  • charliea-dob
    10/15/2015 - 11:23 a.m.

    I've started to eat less cookies at home and at church I will eat a banana when I go home I get a burrito so I guess you could call it a mini "diet" and I get a lot of exercise for a kid and I drink a lot of milk. :)

  • christopherp-2-bar
    10/15/2015 - 11:44 a.m.

    desining fast food takes alot of time because thay nead to finde a way to trick the minde so nutrition dose not aply and the tast is all that matters. I think people all around the world should know about how bad it is.

    • faithm1-gon
      10/29/2015 - 10:16 a.m.

      I know it is bad for r bodies,but how can u say that u don't like candy? that is the best thing in the whole wide world!!!!#jealosy 4 candy^3

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