Why Does Junk Food Make Us Feel So Good?
On the matter of junk food, why does it make you feel so good? If it is so bad for you, why does it taste so downright yummy? And why do you get such a euphoric feeling of happiness when you eat it? The answer may surprise you and you will never look at fast food manufacturers the same way again.
Junk food Is Created to Make You Happy
Companies that make junk foods spend millions and in some cases even billions of dollars on research. They found out exactly what is going on in your mind when you eat foods which are high in sugar, salt, fat and other unhealthy components. And unfortunately, what happens is a natural trigger that makes you crave just that which is harmful for you.
You know that junk food in excess is unhealthy. This is no news flash to you. So why can’t you stop eating it, and why does it make you feel so good? The reason junk food makes you feel so good is because the people that make it know a little secret about your brain.
The sensory tastes that naturally excite and please you the most when you eat are salty or sugary foods. So junk food manufacturers naturally use chemicals and components that deliver these flavors when they are making their unhealthy food items. The real problem comes with the way your brain gets fired up about salt and sugar.
It is a natural tendency for the human mind to become addicted to salt and sugar. The chemical process which happen to people with an inclination toward addiction to these substances is virtually the same as a drug addict experiences. Knowing that they can literally “hook” you on their unhealthy products for life, junk food manufacturers use lots of sugars, salts, fats and other chemicals designed to trigger the pleasure response in your brain.
Your Brain Is The Culprit, Not Your Will Power
So when you eat your favorite junk food, your brain’s “feel good” response is set off. And since these foods carry very little nutritional value, if any, your brain continues to crave them because you stay hungry. You have not given your body any worthwhile nutrients, but since your pleasure center was turned on, you reach for junk food the next time you are hungry.
Stop beating yourself up if you believe you may have a junk food addiction. You simply need to learn how to control the natural responses which make you feel so good when you eat food. And don’t forget that the quality of food you put into your body is reflective of your quality of life. Treat your body the way it deserves to be treated.