A Well Balanced Diet

Posted by Anthony Mango Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Everything in the world seems to have its purpose fulfilling some sort of balance if you really think about it. Living things require water, so we are surrounded by it and it not only replenishes itself, but also purifies itself on a regular basis. Our bodies shiver to warm up and sweat to cool down. Man + Woman = Offspring. We feel pain as a warning so we don't screw something up. So on and so forth.

But why are vegetables an exception to the system? Our bodies let us know when we need food just as it lets us know when we're stuffed. That's generic. More complicated: spoiled food, which would be harmful for us, tastes bad, while fresh food tastes the best. Sounds like a good balance, correct? Well why is it that the most nutritious things for us to eat AREN'T the things that we're wired to enjoy eating the most? You would think that spinach, which is so commonly hated but so good for you, would taste better than potato chips, which are so commonly loved but so unhealthy for you. Why don't string beans taste like Cheetos? Why doesn't the greasy bacon cheeseburger taste like cauliflower and vice versa, making it so you just can't wait to get a big brussell sprout to eat but you shudder at the thought of a cookie? Sure, there are many people out there that really enjoy eating vegetables and tofu and all that, but not even remotely close to the majority of people fit into that category. Most people will easily go for a slice of cake before they go for a head of lettuce.

One could argue its the whole "forbidden, so I want it more" mentality, but that's something that our bodies should be able to override. It makes no sense to fully know that something is bad for you and still be wired to want it. Cause really, what do people use food for? They either eat for the taste of it (pleasure), eat for the sheer fun of eating it (instances like chicken wings at a Superbowl party or whatever), eat for competition (not a factor in here), and they eat to survive (necessity). By rationality, if you synced up the pleasure with the nutritional survival, the only things left would be fun and competition, and then it would be logical to have people prefer to eat hot dogs in a competition as opposed to stalks of celery. Kobayashi would have a different strategy I'd assume for that lol. It just seems to me like the healthiest foods for us should be switched in the taste department with pies and junk food and everything that the average person enjoys eating exponentially more.

Massive oversight? Flaw in the chassis? Glitch in the system?

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