Ever wonder why Pringles can seem like a drug for the brain? Scientists believe they have the answer now
Ever wondered why that single square of chocolate after dinner is never enough? Or why it’s impossible not to consume the whole damn slab, even to the point of nausea?
Scientists no longer blame the tendency to binge on high-fat, high-sugar foods on sheer greed or lack of self-control. Rather, the urge to finish off the Pringles is now thought to be due to hedonic hunger — a powerful physiological response over which we have little control.
“People shouldn’t feel guilty for not being able to resist certain foods,” says Zoe Griffiths, a dietitian and head of public health at Weight Watchers UK. “It’s not a question of not being strong enough.”
[Lyle Stafford/National Post files]