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 goes 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 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 irresistible.
 
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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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 (132)
  • charliet-orv
    10/19/2015 - 03:40 p.m.

    It takes a lot of time and money to design fast food because fast food is not food. If you want proof think about that word "design".

  • lilyg-2-bar
    10/19/2015 - 07:59 p.m.

    It takes a lot of time and money to design fast food because it takes a lot of time, effort and strategy to design the food to be irresistible. This is surprising because I think it is horrible that these people want you to eat lots of junky, unhealthy food for their benefit.

  • roberto-ver
    10/20/2015 - 12:06 p.m.

    I think junk food is the worst thing in your life. It is making your life shorter and is not a good way to live your life. instead, be healthy and eat fruits, vegetables, and meat more often. Again, junk food is not a thing to be eating daily.

  • laneys-1-ols
    10/20/2015 - 12:57 p.m.

    It takes a lot of time and money to design fast food because you want us to eat more and have it cheap.

  • tycenb-ols
    10/20/2015 - 12:58 p.m.

    One reason we love junk food is because of the way producers make the food. They put many things in the food to make it very addicting.

  • jasminpd-1-ols
    10/20/2015 - 12:58 p.m.

    It takes a lot of time and money to design the fast food because we they put ingredients in it to make us keep coming back for more. THe ingredients are special and rare.

  • jacksonh-ols
    10/20/2015 - 03:06 p.m.

    It takes a lot of money to design junk foods because they need the taste to make you want to eat more. And even though they are sold cheap they still make a lot of money because people buy a lot of it.

  • mckaylas-1-ols
    10/21/2015 - 10:33 a.m.

    It takes a lot of time to design fast food, because it takes a lot of chemicals to mix so that we want to eat more.

  • karlees-1-ols
    10/21/2015 - 12:58 p.m.

    It takes a lot of time to design fast food because the people who create these foods want people to keep buying and eating it, so if they make something that is cheap and easy to get to they will make lots of money.

  • klee-wim4
    10/21/2015 - 01:03 p.m.

    This was very interesting how they put so much work into junk food.

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