Just so you all don’t think I’ve forgotten about you, I’m putting this sticky note up temporarily. Papers are eating away at all of my spare time this week (and purple is my school color, hence the post title), but the madness will all be over by Thursday. I owe you:
- Papa Bender’s Superbowl Eats
- An amazing package from an even more amazing blogger
- Food, glorious food
Thanks for your patience In the meantime, I thought it might be interesting to discuss an article I found about a week ago that I’ve been meaning to link on the blog: read it here. It talks about how some people may be “hard-wired” to eat food just because it looks good.
So here we are, in food blog land, looking at pictures of food for minutes – and, in many cases, hours! – a day. Plus, I currently have a part-time job proofreading recipes for 12 hours a week!
My question for you is, do you think looking at food makes you more likely to eat it, regardless of whether or not you’re hungry?
For many readers, food blogs are an invaluable resource to find new, healthy products and recipes. For many bloggers, it’s a great way to journal about what we put into our mouths on a daily basis and swap stories and develop friendships with readers and other bloggers. But could there be a downside to looking at food pictures multiple times per day?
Here’s a great excerpt from the article:
“Before viewing the food images, those with a high food sensitivity rating didn’t report being any hungrier than subjects with a normal rating. But after seeing the images, the higher the food sensitivity rating, the hungrier the test subjects felt. So, researchers concluded that the images triggered feelings of hunger in susceptible people.
Such differences in wiring help explain why some people eat even if they aren’t hungry. An external cue, like the sight of tempting food, triggers a desire for a reward.
“We don’t think it’s overstating matters to say that chronic overeating could … be considered an ‘addiction’ for food,” said Calder.”
Does reading food blogs trigger your desire for a reward?