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(Cracked)   Addicted to junk food? It could be because of one of these three reasons. Now try to lay off the pork rinds for a while, sir   (cracked.com) divider line 47
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2013-06-16 01:27:00 PM  
America sounds fat.
 
2013-06-16 01:34:00 PM  
Research and understand The Bliss Point.
 
2013-06-16 01:35:37 PM  
I think most people know these factoids about junk food. They just dont care.
 
2013-06-16 01:36:29 PM  
I knew that.. I knew that.... annnnd I knew that.

Obvious tag anyone?

Next up, an article on how fat-free food doesn't actually help you lose weight if you don't actually cut down on calories. Or how diet drinks are not actually healthier than HFCS-sweetened ones.
 
2013-06-16 01:37:10 PM  

TheOriginalEd: I think most people know these factoids about junk food. They just dont care.


fark you. I can quit any time. now pass me the Doritos and no one gets hurt.
 
2013-06-16 01:40:25 PM  

Eps05: I knew that.. I knew that.... annnnd I knew that.

Obvious tag anyone?

Next up, an article on how fat-free food doesn't actually help you lose weight if you don't actually cut down on calories. Or how diet drinks are not actually healthier than HFCS-sweetened ones.


No obvious tag - it's a one page Cracked article. The Unlikely tag seems more appropriate.
 
2013-06-16 01:42:26 PM  

TheOriginalEd: I think most people know these factoids about junk food. They just dont care.


"No one has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people."
 
2013-06-16 01:54:23 PM  
Wow. I knew  noneof that. No more junk food for me. From now on, I will graze on grass and eat berries and perhaps nibble on freshly murdered farm animals. I will stay away from the drug-pushing taco and burger dealers. And no sweet, sweet candy either. Thanks to this article, my life as a pleasure-free organism begins now.
 
2013-06-16 02:07:46 PM  
Personally, I'm not too worried about there being addictive substances in junk food because I usually only feel like eating junk food when I'm high. On a larger scale, it's a rather underhanded practice. This country should stop being hypocritical with drug laws and at least let companies put cocaine back in Coca-Cola if they're going to have addictive substances in junk food items.
 
2013-06-16 02:09:06 PM  
So when Frito-Lay came up with the slogan "betcha can't eat just one", they weren't kidding.
 
2013-06-16 02:10:57 PM  
www.lululemon.com
 
2013-06-16 02:11:31 PM  
On the other side of the equation, I'm beginning to suspect the various diabetes associations are in league with big Pharma.

But I eat a lot of sugar so don't trust my opinions....
 
2013-06-16 02:12:11 PM  

Walter Paisley: Personally, I'm not too worried about there being addictive substances in junk food because I usually only feel like eating junk food when I'm high. On a larger scale, it's a rather underhanded practice. This country should stop being hypocritical with drug laws and at least let companies put cocaine back in Coca-Cola if they're going to have addictive substances in junk food items.


Yeah, but that's you. Just because you can drink a single beer or glass of scotch doesn't mean that others can do the same.
 
2013-06-16 02:13:18 PM  
I was surprised that that was all on one page.
 
2013-06-16 02:15:22 PM  

mehtoole: Wow. I knew  noneof that. No more junk food for me. From now on, I will graze on grass and eat berries and perhaps nibble on freshly murdered farm animals. I will stay away from the drug-pushing taco and burger dealers. And no sweet, sweet candy either. Thanks to this article, my life as a pleasure-free organism begins now.


Actually, not only is it possible to avoid sugar, if you're careful to get enough calories you won't really want a ton of it.

/I speak from experience
//Most of my sugar cravings are purely psychological at this stage--I  think I should want sugar, therefore I do. Which is mostly just my own lack of willpower talking.
 
2013-06-16 02:22:00 PM  
Wow, and here I thought it was because
1. It tastes good
2. Our bodies are programmed by evolution to crave sugar, salt and fat
3. Prepackaged foods are more convenient than cooking
 
2013-06-16 02:31:01 PM  
I haven't read TFA yet, but are the three reasons: sugar, fat and salt?
 
2013-06-16 02:33:06 PM  
No Larry Groce? Shame, Fark, for shame!
 
2013-06-16 02:37:12 PM  

Claude Ballse: Walter Paisley: Personally, I'm not too worried about there being addictive substances in junk food because I usually only feel like eating junk food when I'm high. On a larger scale, it's a rather underhanded practice. This country should stop being hypocritical with drug laws and at least let companies put cocaine back in Coca-Cola if they're going to have addictive substances in junk food items.

Yeah, but that's you. Just because you can drink a single beer or glass of scotch doesn't mean that others can do the same.


I agree, so I did specify that was only on a personal level. Some people are much more prone to certain addictive behaviors and abusing addictive substances than others.
 
2013-06-16 02:41:00 PM  

othmar: [www.lululemon.com image 500x333]


SEE LIBERTARIANS THREAD, POST CAVEMEN?

i1222.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-16 02:44:30 PM  

Claude Ballse: Walter Paisley: Personally, I'm not too worried about there being addictive substances in junk food because I usually only feel like eating junk food when I'm high. On a larger scale, it's a rather underhanded practice. This country should stop being hypocritical with drug laws and at least let companies put cocaine back in Coca-Cola if they're going to have addictive substances in junk food items.

Yeah, but that's you. Just because you can drink a single beer or glass of scotch doesn't mean that others can do the same.


So we should ban those things. For the sake of the idiots.

It's the only fair thing to do.
 
2013-06-16 02:44:45 PM  
1) Salt

2) Fat

3) Sugar
 
2013-06-16 02:47:32 PM  
See Libertarian / Ignore Libertarian.

That's the optimal solution.

If there only were a similar feature for ignoring all posts from . But that damn squirrel'd get pretty effin hungry pretty effin fast if they allowed that.
 
2013-06-16 02:53:56 PM  

SDRR: Claude Ballse: Walter Paisley: Personally, I'm not too worried about there being addictive substances in junk food because I usually only feel like eating junk food when I'm high. On a larger scale, it's a rather underhanded practice. This country should stop being hypocritical with drug laws and at least let companies put cocaine back in Coca-Cola if they're going to have addictive substances in junk food items.

Yeah, but that's you. Just because you can drink a single beer or glass of scotch doesn't mean that others can do the same.

So we should ban those things. For the sake of the idiots.

It's the only fair thing to do.


Ban them? No. But we do need to acknowledge the problems with these things. That's the first step towards finding a solution to help people enact moderation for those who can casually partake, and abstinence for those who cannot.

But you know, won't someone please think of the shareholders?
 
2013-06-16 02:54:24 PM  

SDRR: Claude Ballse: Walter Paisley: Personally, I'm not too worried about there being addictive substances in junk food because I usually only feel like eating junk food when I'm high. On a larger scale, it's a rather underhanded practice. This country should stop being hypocritical with drug laws and at least let companies put cocaine back in Coca-Cola if they're going to have addictive substances in junk food items.

Yeah, but that's you. Just because you can drink a single beer or glass of scotch doesn't mean that others can do the same.

So we should ban those things. For the sake of the idiots.

It's the only fair thing to do.


Legalize or decriminalize to allow research and make information readily available. Most of the danger of illegal substances is brought about by them being illegal, such as a lack of information about a substance or uncertainty about what you are actually getting from a black market source.
 
2013-06-16 03:02:17 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Wow, and here I thought it was because
1. It tastes good


For me, a lot of the worst of it tastes like crap. I can't stand cheetohs, doritos or cheez-its, but I will occasionally indulge in actual tortilla chips and salsa or potato chips, just not mass quantities of them.

2. Our bodies are programmed by evolution to crave sugar, salt and fat

I usually opt for the low-salt version of a product if I have a choice and I'm used to it so there are times when what tastes normal to some people makes me feel like I'm just holding a salt shaker over my mouth. You can get used to lower salt.

I don't even salt eggs although I usually try to mix some ham in them for the salt flavor.

The same thing goes for sugar and fat. When I drink soda, it's usually because I just want a small amount of caffeine and something cold as opposed to coffee. Otherwise I usually just drink water.

I've eaten one cookie in the past week for dessert, not because I'm limiting myself but because that was enough for me.

3. Prepackaged foods are more convenient than cooking

Very true and I'm very lazy when it comes to cooking. Nuts, fruit and veggies are very convenient and don't require cooking (well, some veggies don't).

Bear in mind it only takes a couple of minutes to throw a couple of whole grain slices of bread in a toaster as opposed to eating a bunch of crackers. I don't put butter on the toast and only sometimes use preserves (never jelly).

I probably eat way too much processed food which I don't know if people count as junk food or not.

It's way too easy for me to nuke a frozen microwave meal or if I just want a snack made out of meat I keep some good old processed lunch meat on hand that I can just grab a slice or 2 of and eat it by itself.

I'm not saying I eat all that healthy, but I do try to avoid the worst choices. I'm not even sure when the last time I hit a fast food joint was.
I gotta save room in my stomach and wallet for beer.
 
2013-06-16 03:02:40 PM  
It makes it hard to have any of these things occasionally. I love potato chips, but I never buy them because they're so unhealthy. But if I eat some at a party, I crave them for days afterwards. And if I give in a buy some, I plow through that whole bag in no time.
 
2013-06-16 03:25:31 PM  
Might as well face it you're addicted to spuds
 
2013-06-16 03:28:34 PM  

InternetSecurityGuard: So when Frito-Lay came up with the slogan "betcha can't eat just one", they weren't kidding.


Takes a lot of balls. Even booze companies don't rub it in your face like that. 'You'll always be back, rummy."
 
2013-06-16 03:37:11 PM  

Walter Paisley: SDRR: Claude Ballse: Walter Paisley: Personally, I'm not too worried about there being addictive substances in junk food because I usually only feel like eating junk food when I'm high. On a larger scale, it's a rather underhanded practice. This country should stop being hypocritical with drug laws and at least let companies put cocaine back in Coca-Cola if they're going to have addictive substances in junk food items.

Yeah, but that's you. Just because you can drink a single beer or glass of scotch doesn't mean that others can do the same.

So we should ban those things. For the sake of the idiots.

It's the only fair thing to do.

Legalize or decriminalize to allow research and make information readily available. Most of the danger of illegal substances is brought about by them being illegal, such as a lack of information about a substance or uncertainty about what you are actually getting from a black market source.


Lots of legalized products and substances are available, the facts are well known, yet they are still abused. So legality has nothing to do with it.

This also isn't the same thing. We're dealing with our primary food sources, we simply aren't offered the opportunity to "Just say no!" To any of this.
 
2013-06-16 03:41:36 PM  

Claude Ballse: Walter Paisley: SDRR: Claude Ballse: Walter Paisley: Personally, I'm not too worried about there being addictive substances in junk food because I usually only feel like eating junk food when I'm high. On a larger scale, it's a rather underhanded practice. This country should stop being hypocritical with drug laws and at least let companies put cocaine back in Coca-Cola if they're going to have addictive substances in junk food items.

Yeah, but that's you. Just because you can drink a single beer or glass of scotch doesn't mean that others can do the same.

So we should ban those things. For the sake of the idiots.

It's the only fair thing to do.

Legalize or decriminalize to allow research and make information readily available. Most of the danger of illegal substances is brought about by them being illegal, such as a lack of information about a substance or uncertainty about what you are actually getting from a black market source.

Lots of legalized products and substances are available, the facts are well known, yet they are still abused. So legality has nothing to do with it.

This also isn't the same thing. We're dealing with our primary food sources, we simply aren't offered the opportunity to "Just say no!" To any of this.


I hate it when I'm forced to eat potato chips at gunpoint, too.
 
2013-06-16 03:46:27 PM  
I'm eating pork rinds right now, so I'm really getting a kick out of this article.

/had to get my local Co-op to special order them for me.
 
2013-06-16 03:58:45 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Wow, and here I thought it was because
1. It tastes good
2. Our bodies are programmed by evolution to crave sugar, salt and fat
3. Prepackaged foods are more convenient than cooking


1 and 2 make you sound fat..

3 confirms you are also lazy..
 
2013-06-16 04:09:01 PM  

Gentoolive: Gyrfalcon: Wow, and here I thought it was because
1. It tastes good
2. Our bodies are programmed by evolution to crave sugar, salt and fat
3. Prepackaged foods are more convenient than cooking

1 and 2 make you sound fat..

3 confirms you are also lazy..


Our bodies are not programmed by evolution to crave sugar, salt and fat?

Gonna need some serious cites on that one.
 
2013-06-16 04:19:52 PM  

Claude Ballse: Walter Paisley: SDRR: Claude Ballse: Walter Paisley: Personally, I'm not too worried about there being addictive substances in junk food because I usually only feel like eating junk food when I'm high. On a larger scale, it's a rather underhanded practice. This country should stop being hypocritical with drug laws and at least let companies put cocaine back in Coca-Cola if they're going to have addictive substances in junk food items.

Yeah, but that's you. Just because you can drink a single beer or glass of scotch doesn't mean that others can do the same.

So we should ban those things. For the sake of the idiots.

It's the only fair thing to do.

Legalize or decriminalize to allow research and make information readily available. Most of the danger of illegal substances is brought about by them being illegal, such as a lack of information about a substance or uncertainty about what you are actually getting from a black market source.

Lots of legalized products and substances are available, the facts are well known, yet they are still abused. So legality has nothing to do with it.

This also isn't the same thing. We're dealing with our primary food sources, we simply aren't offered the opportunity to "Just say no!" To any of this.


I was referring to prohibition creating more problems rather than solving any and I brought this up in relation to your example of alcohol and the problems with the war on drugs are largely the same as they were with alcohol prohibition. It doesn't mean abuse won't happen, but abuse isn't a good argument for prohibition either. Addiction should be treated as a medical rather than a criminal issue.

As for food, this doesn't necessarily have to be part of one's primary food sources but it may often be. I agree with you that this is more complicated than "just say no" to junk food because processed food is often considerably cheaper than healthier options and likely makes up a considerable portion of the diets of people with low incomes.
 
2013-06-16 04:50:08 PM  
I'm not sure that many people realize that the sugar in our food is a direct result of government interference in agriculture.

Nixon's administration was concerned that fluctuating food prices were a political liability.  So they massively subsidized corn production.  Corn can be added to almost any product in some way, and fed to those products it can't be added to.  It universally stabilized the food prices.  We basically pay the same, but indirectly in some ways.  And now everything has some kind of corn or corn syrup or other sugar in it.

BTW, this is about the time when people began to get fatter and fatter.  The USDA put out a food pyramid that encouraged eating a ton of starchy carby food.  That's the food that makes you get high cholesterol and heard disease and fat, but oh well.

A world without government control is a little bit uncomfortable.  Your groceries could fluctuate 30 percent month to month!  You would have to be much more responsible with your finances to consistently feed yourself.  But you would be better off, in the long run.
 
2013-06-16 05:07:45 PM  
I've drastically changed my eating habits over the past five and a half months (so far I've gone from 394 lbs to 312 lbs), and last Sunday it was my sister's birthday. I allowed myself a small piece of cheesecake for dessert when family and friends went to a restaurant to celebrate. It tasted so rich, creamy and sweet that I just couldn't finish it. I found it quite cloying.

We've changed foods that really should be enjoyed occasionally to things we have regularly and have increased the sweetness to overcome our increased tolerance to sugar. Now a lot of people can enjoy this food on an occasional basis, but then there's a lot of people like (until very recently) me who can't get enough.
 
2013-06-16 05:29:01 PM  
The food researcher who develops a way to produce KFC chicken skins like pork rinds will become a billionaire.

A MUTHER FARKING BILLIONAIRE!!!!!
 
2013-06-16 05:46:30 PM  
Don't know if we're programmed by evolution to crave sugar, fat and salt....but commercially prepared and packaged foods definitely manipulate those three things to make the food desirable. Read David Kessler's book The End of Overeating for a more detailed explanation.

When I got a better handle on cutting down on pre-packaged foods, it made managing my weight a lot easier. (also, de-connecting stress and boredom from eating helped, too).

Coupling that with exercise has helped me go from 250.5 to 177 - only two pounds to my goal of 175. I still eat most things I want, but if it's packaged, I have to limit my amount up front. You know that Nutritional Facts box on the back of every package? No matter how many servings the bag says, for me, it's always '1.' Being goal-oriented, I'll get to the bottom of the bag, not matter how big it is.
 
2013-06-16 07:55:07 PM  

Sass-O-Rev: I'm eating pork rinds right now, so I'm really getting a kick out of this article.

/had to get my local Co-op to special order them for me.


Pork rinds are one of the healthier snack foods.

Unless protein is bad. Are proteins, fats, AND carbs all badnow?
 
2013-06-16 08:03:21 PM  
I realized years ago that my old eating habits were not healthy.  I slowly worked to add more veggies and fruit to my diet, while cutting out stuff with little to no nutritional value. Nothing to drastic or hard to maintain--just a conscious effort to slowly eat better.

Years later, I love the taste of food without salt--mainly because I got used to tasting the food itself.  My beloved Taco Bell has become nearly useless because anything NOT on the fresco menu tastes like a salt lick.   Fried foods in anything more than a couple of bites will turn my stomach and make me vomit. If someone is nice and buys me a frappucino at Starbucks, I have to be polite and hide the fact that I cannot drink any more than a few swigs of that overly sweet, syrupy stuff.

It is not rocket science that crap deep fried in fat, covered in salt, and powdered with HFCS will not be good for you. Folks just need to gather some willpower and pick up an apple instead.

BTW, I just started into juicing. Wow. That makes a difference in my energy levels and thinking. I would recommend watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead for any of you with an interest in nutrition.
 
2013-06-17 02:18:21 AM  

Snaptastic: BTW, I just started into juicing.


Yep, nothing like a glass of sugar strained out of the fruit and leaving most of the fiber to replace your candy with.
 
2013-06-17 01:02:14 PM  

Smackledorfer: Snaptastic: BTW, I just started into juicing.

Yep, nothing like a glass of sugar strained out of the fruit and leaving most of the fiber to replace your candy with.


Esselstyn has an interesting take on juicing. He says you shouldn't juice because

a. the fiber is either shredded to bits and useless or it's missing all together

b. by drinking the juice instead of eating the veggies and fruits, you bypass the work saliva does on processing food before it hits the stomach. You basically are mainlining natural sugars.

YMMV and I'm not knocking anything anyone is doing
 
2013-06-17 01:08:03 PM  

Snaptastic: I realized years ago that my old eating habits were not healthy.  I slowly worked to add more veggies and fruit to my diet, while cutting out stuff with little to no nutritional value. Nothing to drastic or hard to maintain--just a conscious effort to slowly eat better.

Years later, I love the taste of food without salt--mainly because I got used to tasting the food itself.  My beloved Taco Bell has become nearly useless because anything NOT on the fresco menu tastes like a salt lick.   Fried foods in anything more than a couple of bites will turn my stomach and make me vomit. If someone is nice and buys me a frappucino at Starbucks, I have to be polite and hide the fact that I cannot drink any more than a few swigs of that overly sweet, syrupy stuff.

It is not rocket science that crap deep fried in fat, covered in salt, and powdered with HFCS will not be good for you. Folks just need to gather some willpower and pick up an apple instead.

BTW, I just started into juicing. Wow. That makes a difference in my energy levels and thinking. I would recommend watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead for any of you with an interest in nutrition.


I agree about watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I use an old-style Bullet to make my drinks when I drink them. I make my own yogurt (Cultures for Health.com sells Vili (villi or viili) starter--it's a room temperature yogurt so you don't need a yogurt maker or have to heat the milk)) so I do a lot of smoothies.

 Green drinks are mostly made with fresh sprouts and veggies. I do freeze lemon juice and just toss in an ice cube into each drink I make in the bullet.


I may break out a sparking Vita-mix but I'm happy with my bullet right now.
 
2013-06-17 01:22:07 PM  
Why stop? The government will pay you disability AND you get to eat what you want.
 
2013-06-17 08:15:53 PM  
Smackledorfer:
Yep, nothing like a glass of sugar strained out of the fruit and leaving most of the fiber to replace your candy with.

Riiggghhhtt...and if no fruit goes into it at all? If kale, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, beets and carrots were candy, I am sure kids would eat them with alot less resistance. Hell, I would be able to go out and buy a spinach-flavored Kit Kat! ...okay, there is a possibility that kit kat exists in Japan.

Of course, most folks who actually pay attention to juicing properly are aware of this--so many will throw in an apple or something if they want the juice to be a bit sweet.
 
2013-06-17 08:21:38 PM  
TheShavingofOccam123:
I agree about watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I use an old-style Bullet to make my drinks when I drink them. I make my own yogurt (Cultures for Health.com sells Vili (villi or viili) starter--it's a room temperature yogurt so you don't need a yogurt maker or have to heat the milk)) so I do a lot of smoothies.

 Green drinks are mostly made with fresh sprouts and veggies. I do freeze lemon juice and just toss in an ice cube into each drink I make in the bullet.


I may break out a sparking Vita-mix but I'm happy with my bullet right now.


Esselstyn's view is interesting, but I am not sure if it is necessarily correct.  Regardless, I'm of the opinion that the juice is still better than nothing at all.

I like the green drinks, but I throw in some ginger root to kick it up.

As for the yogurt--I coincidentally stumbled upon a box of "starter" when I was out shopping today.  I am interested, but a bit wary of my ability to make it properly. (with my luck, I would screw it up and give myself a new disease)
 
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