Why Fast Food Is So Irresistible To Us

June 23, 2017

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We have talked about how bad junk and fast food is for us oh so many times, but we indeed feel like nobody’s listening. Obesity is raging in America now more than ever, and for some reason people still eat fast food on a daily basis.

So, why is this the case? Still?

It appears it’s all about these two things:

Fast Food Actually “Encourages Gorging,” Study Says

We all know that most fast foods are terribly unhealthy, however, as WebMD reports, one recent study indicates that there may be something more to fast food that makes us crave it – junk food apparently encourages gorging and constant overeating.

The study conducted in Children’s Hospital in Boston examined teens aged 13 to 17, who were given three types of fast-food meals (all including chicken nuggets, French fries, and Coca-Cola).

One meal contained a lot of food at once; second meal was comprised of smaller portions, but still a lot of food. The 3rd test meal, however, also contained a lot of food but in smaller portions over 15-minute intervals.

Also read: Top 12 Healthy Fast Food Choices

“The researchers found that it didn’t seem to matter how much food was served — the teens still took in about half of their daily calorie needs in that one meal,” says WebMD.

The researchers suggested that fast food leads to overeating due to the following factors:

  • It’s low in fiber.
  • It’s high in palatability (it tastes good).
  • It offers a high number of calories in a small volume.
  • It’s high in fat.
  • It’s high in sugar in liquid form.

Also read: Sugar Does Damage Your Brain: The Link Between Sugar And Alzheimer’s Confirmed

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