published Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Junk food not addictive, just tasty

by Drew Johnson

Addictions are an easy way out when you think about it.

For years, overweight Americans blamed the “addictive nature” of fast food, soda, snack food and candy for their inability to stop devouring Big Macs, Mountain Dews and Twinkies.

Science even appeared to back them up … until last month.

That’s when food scientists at North Carolina State University in Raleigh revealed that the findings of a 2010 study indicating that the brain circuitry of rats that ate junk food resembled the circuitry for rats exposed to cocaine were flawed.

While the rats certainly enjoyed eating the junk food made available to them — which included tasty treats such as Hormel bacon, Sara Lee pound cake, and cheesecake, according to the website — the rats were not actually addicted to the unhealthy snacks.

“Abusing drugs doesn’t affect brain chemistry in the same way [as eating junk foods],” Gabriel Harris, an assistant professor of food science at North Carolina State, told Fox News.

People may prefer a hot Krispy Kreme doughnut to stalk of celery because “people are biologically wired to respond to certain tastes, textures and colors,” according to Harris. “[B]ut that doesn’t mean it’s an addiction.”

So where does that leave us? Right back where we began: with free will and the choice to put in our bodies whatever we want. Science may mean that you prefer junk food, but science isn’t making you eat it. It’s your decision.

— Drew Johnson

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Hunter_Bluff said...

More clueless views from Drew's. No sir, we aren't a pack of feral cats and free will isn't the answer to every question. Your stupid behaviors can and do impinge on my freedoms and thus have to be restricted when they do. And here's a something to consider, with a creation as complex as the human body reliance on a single study or a single solution to any issue involving said body is a lazy thinker's response.

April 7, 2013 at 8:53 a.m.
328Kwebsite said...

We are all so glad you are in charge of nothing more than a few paragraphs of opinion.

April 8, 2013 at 3:58 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

What in the world does free (sic) will have to do with it? Such a thing does not exist.

April 9, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.
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