It’s no mistake that food companies sell to us the consumer products that we can’t resist. Food products that are engineered to be hyper-palatable with just the right amounts of sugar, salt, fat, and mouth feel to keep us coming back for more, to the point that it is almost an addiction for some.

Teams of food scientists at the laboratories of the large food manufacturers spend millions of dollars inventing, developing and testing ingredient combinations that will keep the consumer a) coming back for more and b) consuming way more than we need to, and combining this with marketing slogans like “I bet you can't eat just one” and they have us literally eating out of their hands

Food addiction is such a huge part of the obesity crisis that a scale was developed to measure foods hyper palatability, The Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) is a 25-point questionnaire that was developed at Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and it asks the participant about criteria with foods and their addictive qualities, this all done on an individual basis with the participants own perception being used, but from a sample group the scores were correlated these were the top 10 most addictive foods

1. Pizza (4.01)
2. Chocolate (3.73)
3. Chips (3.73)
4. Cookies (3.71)
5. Ice cream (3.68)
6. French fries (3.60)
7. Cheeseburgers (3.51)
8. Soda (not diet) (3.29)
9. Cake (3.26)
10. Cheese (3.22)

You’re probably looking at the list identifying with all those delicious foods and are thinking how they all taste and make you feel, mmmmmmmmmmmmm

Here is the top 10 list of the least addictive foods (notice they are unprocessed)

1.Cucumbers (1.53)
2.Carrots (1.60)
3.Beans (no sauce) (1.63)
4.Apples (1.66)
5.Brown rice (1.74)
6.Broccoli (1.74)
7.Bananas (1.77)
8.Salmon (1.84)
9.Corn (no butter or salt) (1.87)
10.Strawberries (1.88)

So why are you telling me this?

Well, if your goal is to lower your body fat and you're navigating your way through the minefield that is a grocery store then you’ll need all the help you can get. Realizing what foods are on the most addictive list can help your steer clear of them and keep you on track and them out of reach, away from temptation and not having them in the house will work better for you than relying on good old willpower, which always gives in!

Again these products are designed to light up the pleasure centres of the brain and make you feel good, happy, satisfied, less stressed, _____________ (just fill in the blank), so it’s not your fault that you find it hard resist them, it’s all a big trap……………………

Yours In Health.

Richard Insley

2017-04-06 13:27:10