Junk-food Science

Advertisement

Maybe we’re too smart for our own good. Our brains tend to zero-in on high-calorie foods, even when we don’t know the calorie count. Canadian researchers found that a region of the brain is very good at estimating calorie content and tipping us toward denser choices—even if the calories are empty ones.

You won’t have to trick your brain into liking these easy-to-make Homemade Nature Bars. And be sure to offer your kids these healthy but satisfying after-school snacks instead of the junk they’re craving.

Sources: 

“Why Your Brain Makes You Reach for Junk Food,” McGill University, 10/20/14

“Behavioral and Neural Valuation of Foods Is Driven by Implicit Knowledge of Caloric Content” by D.W. Tang et al., Psychological Science, 10/10/14

Contributor: 

Alan Siddal