Artificial flavors are making you hate healthy food

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    Aug 13, 2015 3:05 AM GMT
    I don't really have an opinion on this just yet, since I slowly transitioned to healthy foods over a one year period back in 2010-2011. However, I will admit that some unhealthy foods still taste really good, and I do like to indulge every once in a while (err, once or twice a week).

    http://mashable.com/2015/08/08/dorito-effect/
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    Aug 13, 2015 11:27 AM GMT
    I indulge once in awhile myself, I used to eat a lot of junk food, but I got tired of feeling sick to my stomach eating unhealthy.
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    Aug 13, 2015 3:55 PM GMT
    I think modern farming practices produce tasteless fruits and vegetables. I wish I had room for my own garden.
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    Aug 15, 2015 8:38 AM GMT
    Article obviously not written by a Californian!!! LOL Of course, we grow all the good stuff which goes out to the tables of America and the world, provided it is bought and eaten (although nothing beats the flavor of back yard tomatoes!). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0C4FOL1qIw

    We Californians do eat well and healthily. However, the article does make a good point about the ability of the food chemists to simulate natural flavors and "paint" them on otherwise not particularly-to-non-nutritious substrate.

    Other social movements have also played into this situation, chiefly the feminist movement of the past sixty years which has systematically denigrated the idea that women should learn to cook and run a household, such that there are now a couple generations of women who are incompetent in the kitchen and ignorant of nutritious foods, and who often have also failed at marriage so they are having to work and raise the children and claim no time to do other than eat non-nutritious fast foods, because they lack the skill to fix quickly nutritious meals. No wonder the country is obese! Just think of all the women one knows who brag they can't cook and eat all their meals out.
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    Aug 16, 2015 1:08 AM GMT
    I once went with a friend's family to an Outback Steakhouse.

    Places like that, Fridays, Ruby Tuesdays, even PF Changs, etc. are so off my radar that I haven't been to any of those types of franchises in over a quarter century.

    I ordered steak teriyaki and it was one of the most delicious things I'd ever eaten, a veritable explosion of tastes, and I couldn't help but wonder:

    "Is this MSG? Or some other fake flavor or flavor enhancer that the food industry, like the perfume industry, has concocted? No wonder America's obese!"

    Yet while I don't like them quite as much I can still find the subtle, nuanced flavors of, say, plain cold hard boiled egg whites and raw broccoli engaging. One might say that eating plain food heightens rather than dulls the palate.