-Eating for Health versus Eating for Taste-

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Why do we eat? The answer to this question may seem obvious – we get hungry.

However, there are many reasons that we eat. Sometimes we eat to interact socially, other times to fill a void when we are bored, as comfort when we are upset, or to celebrate an achievement or special event, and sometimes we eat because we are stressed.

Many factors influence our food choices today, but in America, food choice centers largely on taste rather than hunger or the health benefits that the food offers. For example, suppose you hold out an apple in one hand and a chocolate chip cookie in the other to your child, which do you think the child will choose when given that choice? That cookie will win out 9 times out of 10! Why is that? The taste of food is reported to be a major influence on our food behavior.

So, what does it mean to choose to eat for health versus for taste? And, can we change our taste for certain foods, and enjoy those that support our health, let’s take a look.