(KTVI) – More than four decades ago the great Willy Wonka and his beloved Oompa Loompas tried to warn the world of the dangers of consuming too many sweets. Even after the tragic story of Augustus Gloop many people still didn’t learn to kick the addiction to the snacks lacking nutrition.
According to a report published by The New York Times, the consumption of junk foods may have a deeper scientific and psychological reason behind it. The article contends the culture of creating and consuming processed food has led to an increased dependency on them as well.
The social climate of the generation often calls for quick fixes to our problems, including hunger. With snacks and other processed foods being easily accessible, people have rushed to these foods to provide the solution to an empty stomach.
In addition to providing fulfillment to hunger, researchers have attributed to the large amounts of sugar, salt and flavoring provided in processed foods. They found that “lab rats hepped up on frosting were more likely to choose sugar than cocaine, if given the option” in the 2011 article Junk Food Addiction As Real As Drug Addiction, But Less Cool.
Junk food junkies should consider eating healthier as the obesity rate in America continues to increase. But don’t be surprised if the remedy to quitting the junk cold turkey, just might be cold turkey.
By Veron Culley
For the full report: The New York Times