Why are Humans So Easily Addicted to Processed Foods?
It's How We are Designed
In the past, humans ate whatever food was available. When a food was in season, humans would eat it all because it wouldn’t be available again for a year. As a result, humans are conditioned to eat all of whatever is available.
We are also designed to eat the most calorie-dense foods we can find. So, if there is a choice between fatty salmon or grass, our brains urgently directed us to eat the salmon. This is a crucial survival behavior. This is called a craving, and i…
Diets Make Food Addiction Worse!
Weight-loss schemes (aka diets) make food addiction worse. They create nutritional deficits that cause cravings.
Many diets also contain addictive foods which trigger cravings. Diet "foods" are usually highly processed (addictive) foods. Point systems allow for splurges or cheats of processed foods which activate the addiction.
Artificial sweeteners are also addictive. They have been shown in research studies to be chosen by rats over heroin and cocaine.
Liquid protein diets are followed by t…