Do you ever wonder why bread and meat packaging is more plain in compare to candy and chips packaging. Bright colors, strong flavors and sweet taste are biologically attractive. As hunters and gatherers, having limited access to food resources, our brains were wired to notice bright colors, often meaning sweet, tasty, and healthy foods. However, we wouldn’t have access to those sweet fruits as much as we do now. So, we would spend a lot of time walking and trying to find those occasional superfoods such as berries and nuts.
The problem is that our brains are responding the same way to the candy wrappers as it did to the raspberries on a shrub along the road. It gets excited and wants to consume it. However, since there is more harmful chemicals, unhealthy levels of sugar and food coloring in the candy, our body will have to process a significant amount of chemicals it is not used to. Hence, inflammation, pain, cravings, and other host of health problems. Having an occasional candy may not be a problem. However, sugar and refined sugar has the ability to create addiction/increased cravings due to overgrowth of bacteria and yeast in the digestive system. Which can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome, inflammation and other GI problems.
So, what shall we do to avoid this painful cycle? First is to make sure our physical needs for food and nutrition are met through a healthy diet. Second, avoid shopping when hungry. Everything will look appetizing. Third, read the labels and ingredients. Ask yourself if you would want to put these chemicals in your or your loved one’s bodies if they were offered to you in a petri dish? If you have a hard time figuring out what you are the ingredients, do you really want to put them in your body? Enjoy wholesome food as we did when we were walking this earth, searching for our food.