We are all aware that we eat too much sugar and salt and that there is nothing
natural about that! We’re eating approximately seven times more sodium than we
should be eating and 20 teaspoons of sugar daily, which is causing obesity,
illness and a poor quality of life.
Harvard Medical School came out with the 5 suggestions to control what and how we eat, including:
- Modifying your flavor preferences: Appetites for sugar and fat can also be changed, although there’s less experimental evidence for it.
- Developing a taste for vegetables: Increase our taste for foods that are certifiably healthful, like vegetables.
- Developing a taste for whole grains: If this is a challenge for you and your family, one strategy for making whole grains more appealing is simply to mix in some refined grains.
- Giving in to your desire – a little: Research has shown that dieters are more sensitive to food cues than nondieters: when they see an enticing food item, they are less able to stop thinking about it than nondieters are. This holds true even if they are consuming just as many calories as nondieters.
- Changing preconceived notions: Although the sensual experience of eating probably has the biggest influence on our gustatory desires, our ideas about food can also shape them. When researchers told college students they were getting an “energy drink” (even though it wasn’t), the students’ pulses rose following ingestion – which did not happen in control subjects.
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