Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Fresh Is Best
This article by Pauls Goodyer reviews The End Of Overeating by David Kessler, a former commissioner with the US Food and Drug Administration.
Kessler argues that there’s something going on in food manufacturing that’s conditioning us to overeat. He calls it hyper-palatability and, put simply, it’s the creation of moreish flavours in food that so stimulate the appetite that they override the body’s normal controls to stop eating.
Kessler, a Harvard trained doctor and lawyer - and former overeater - wanted to understand why he and so many other people had such trouble resisting foods high in fat, sugar and salt. His search for answers resulted in The End of Overeating, a book that looks at emerging research into food addiction and concludes that, for many of us, highly flavoured foods oversupplied with fat sugar and salt, are too easy to overeat.
If you find it difficult to resist the temptation of eating too much when you indulge in take-away or restaurant food, you may be surprised to learn how much more goes into these "foods" than the same thing prepared by you at home.
Fresh food really is the best for you, you know what's in it, you have control of what you add to it and learning to enjoy the natural flavours of food can be a delightful new taste sensation.
Eat well, live well, love well.