Food Psychology : Some Interesting Facts and Findings

In one of my erstwhile posts, titled “Food Psychology: Food Attitude and Habits You Must
Know
”, we have discussed about how your Food Habits depend largely on your region and culture. How having a lunch with your Ex can rejuvenate those deep buried feelings all over again. And how your “I’m full” depends on a number of things, including bowl and plate sizes.

Well taking this insightful discussion forward, let me take up some more popular myths about food habits and attitude.

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Fat means Flab

It has been ingrained deep in our subconscious that Fat is bad and we should avoid consuming it. Health campaigners, health enthusiasts and several books have made us to believe that consumption of high fat food would result in excessive flab on the body. We have clear off this myth. Not all fats should be avoided. In fact, some fats are indeed necessary for our body and are an integral part of a balanced diet. We should avoid this categorization of bad foods just because of their high fat content. This in turn, makes people confused about their calories intake. You need to have a better understanding about which Fats are good and in what amounts should those be taken.

(Ref.: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019566630500173X)

Old People Have a Bad Taste

Our sense of taste fades with age. It’s the ability to detect salt which gets affected the most. Old people need to have 2-9 times more condiment to feel the same amount of salt. And men are worst affected by this loss of taste.

Though bad taste buds can be darned for this, but your nose should take the major part of the blame. We taste most of the food items through our noses. That is, it’s the smell which helps us distinguish between different tastes. And with growing age, our ability to smell deteriorates badly, which in turn affects our taste. (Ref.: http://chemse.oxfordjournals.org/content/26/7/845)

Eat Food Not Label

It’s been learned that the label “Healthy” or “Very Healthy” tempts you to eat the food item more than what you’ll otherwise consume. This is a clear case of disproportionate eating and can have adverse impacts on your body. So be aware about what to eat and how much to eat for a happy healthy life. (Ref: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666308006089?np=y)

 

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