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Michael Moss

Processed food captivates us through various means. Whether it's the fond memories of indulging in unhealthy snacks during childhood or the abundance of sugary options, making healthy choices can feel nearly impossible for certain individuals. Families have become dependent on the convenience offered by pre-prepared meals, but the concerning reality is that these food options are not suitable for our digestive systems. Consequently, they contribute to weight gain in both ourselves and our children. Make junk food less appealing. Fast foods are created with the intention of manipulating our taste preferences, but there are effective strategies to resist their appeal. If you find it necessary to keep junk foods at home, consider removing them from their enticing, vibrant packaging. For instance, you can transfer Oreo cookies into a plain cookie jar. Eliminating the fun, colourful packaging reduces the excitement you feel when you see them in your cupboard.

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Hooked examines our intricate relationship with processed food, uncovering the reasons behind our insatiable desire for certain foods. It sheds light on how the fast-food industry exploits our evolutionary biology as well as our brain chemistry.

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Processed food captivates us through various means. Whether it's the fond memories of indulging in unhealthy snacks during childhood or the abundance of sugary options, making healthy choices can feel nearly impossible for certain individuals. Families have become dependent on the convenience offered by pre-prepared meals, but the concerning reality is that these food options are not suitable for our digestive systems. Consequently, they contribute to weight gain in both ourselves and our children. Make junk food less appealing. Fast foods are created with the intention of manipulating our taste preferences, but there are effective strategies to resist their appeal. If you find it necessary to keep junk foods at home, consider removing them from their enticing, vibrant packaging. For instance, you can transfer Oreo cookies into a plain cookie jar. Eliminating the fun, colourful packaging reduces the excitement you feel when you see them in your cupboard.

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There is still a lot of research to be done on how food affects our brains.

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The appetite is regulated by the brain, but addiction can exert control over the brain itself.

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Eating habits you developed in childhood continue to affect you today.

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Humans have evolved to consume foods high in calories.

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Modern families have increasingly relied on unhealthy food options that are easy to prepare.

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