Why do we love junk food?

Ninety-nine people out of a hundred will say something like the following: “Everything harmful is tasty and useful is not”

Evolutionary it happened, that we associate with a sweet taste a whole range of positive emotions. After all, the sweet taste testifies to the ripeness of fruits, their suitability for food, because sour fruits are not yet ripe, but bitter, often already spoiled. Plus, addiction (adaptation) to the sweet taste is faster than to the bitter and sour. By the way, we also get used to salty things faster. All this helps the formation of unhealthy tastes. But nature played a bad joke with us. Historically, this evolutionary acquisition was not as harmful as it is now, since the natural sweetness of the products was moderate. The situation changed dramatically when we learned how to make sugar, and most importantly, made it cheap and affordable. This happened only in the twentieth century. And then began the increase in the degree of sweetness, and the increase in consumption of such products. Today, they are loved and consumed in large quantities by both adults and children. Now it is the main medical problem.

A similar story with salt, it used to be worth its weight in gold. She was added to food a little bit. Now that it is cheap and available, manufacturers add it to products a lot. It is beneficial to them, and salt and sugar are preservatives. Such products are stored for a long time, they are better taken to the implementation of the shops. And we get used to such concentrations of salt, and do not notice that the product is very salty. Then even begin to use a lot of salt already at home cooking. This is very harmful because it contributes to the development of hypertension.

It is very hard to change the love for sweets and salty. There is a famous expression: “It is easier to change religion than eating habits.” And it is not far from the truth. It is especially difficult to change your tastes for men. Usually they switch to proper nutrition only on pain of death – after a stroke, heart attack or other serious illness. ”

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