The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

…A chemist by training with a doctoral degree in food science, Behnke became Pillsbury’s chief technical officer in 1979 and was instrumental in creating a long line of hit products, including microwaveable popcorn. He deeply admired Pillsbury but in recent years had grown troubled by pictures of obese children suffering from diabetes and the earliest signs of hypertension and heart disease. In the months leading up to the C.E.O. meeting, he was engaged in conversation with a group of food-science experts who were painting an increasingly grim picture of the public’s ability to cope with the industry’s formulations — from the body’s fragile controls on overeating to the hidden power of some processed foods to make people feel hungrier still. It was time, he and a handful of others felt, to warn the C.E.O.’s that their companies may have gone too far in creating and marketing products that posed the greatest health concerns.

Source: The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

It’s an incredibly long read about the various ways the food industry worked to make products more appealing.  The “vanishing caloric deficit” is said to be present in Coca-cola, that you can drink lots without feeling full.  That’s besides the desire to have more…

Why You Crave Tomato Juice on an Airplane

Despite the fact that I never drink tomato juice on the ground, I’m once again craving the drink in mid air. In fact, on the very first flight I took as a kid – from Athens, Greece to Toronto back in 1991 – I distinctly remember ordering tomato juice. Now, why would a 10-year old kid crave tomato juice? And why am I now having the same craving?

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The comments echo my thoughts as well – who craves tomato juice, let alone when?  Now I crave a ginger ale…

Why Some Vegetarians Start Craving Meat

During her nine years as a vegetarian, writer Courtney Dunlop says she always had a “nagging feeling” eating plants exclusively wasn’t the absolute best thing for her own health. She felt sluggish, unhealthy, and like her general mood could be improved.

However, with animal welfare as a driving motivator, she continued with the restrictive diet — even choosing to go vegan earlier this year.

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We already have words to better summarize “craving on a cellular level” – nutrition deficiency.  That’s why it’s not a good idea to make a substantial change to your diet without information.  Unless you live in an area without internet, there’s no excuse.  Libraries provide internet access…

It’s incredibly difficult to be vegetarian, nevermind vegan, if you are on warfarin/coumadin.  You can, but your medication dose is likely to be higher that on other diets as spinach/kale/chard are extremely high in vitamin K.

Pursue whatever diet you want, so long as it is providing the necessary nutrition.  But I admit, I don’t like the idea of a diet based on guilt/shame.  I do however advocate that most could stand to have more fruit and vegetables in our diet.