Why do we like salty foods, i.e. the turbo burger at Fatty Mcfat-Fats weighing in at 19lbs with 7 lbs of fries on the side….and chili…tons of chili. Or, on the flip side(is there a flip side and if so, what is a flip side?) the super bitchin’ $46 milk shake made with eleventy cubes of sugar and sugar milk as well as sugar ice cream…and sugar…SUGARRRRRRRRRR!
We all eat food and given the drastic amount of attention put toward diet these days it’s hard to not notice, on some level, just what is going in our bodies. If you’re like me then you’re a fan of food. A tremendous fan even, like the person who streaks naked at a tennis match, simply because they are such a tremendous fan of the sport. Just like that. So why is it that we can’t just eat broccoli all day and be happy? Ok, add some chicken or fish and perhaps some rice. Sounds like a healthy balanced meal right?
Sugary foods are easy to understand when it comes to why we crave them; they taste good! You can’t tell me that the double freakin’ fudge cake doesn’t rock your socks as well as your taste buds, am I right…right…right…right. Did you also know that since the dawn of time our sweet taste receptors have drawn us toward things like berries and fruits which are good for us but also sweet? Even still we get these cravings for the sweet stuff that isn’t so good and it boils down to our brain thinking our body is deficient in something, i.e. sugar. In reality your body is deficient elsewhere(road being taken: high road), i.e. healthy minerals and vitamins gotten from eating food that is good for you. Ever just want to pig out on junk when you are starving or have skipped a meal? It’s no coincidence.
Salt is a similar issue and the crazy thing is that we actually need salt for our body to function the right way. It could be that you just want a crunchy fun and salty snack which is ok from time to time(moderation folks!), but did you know that if you are really craving salt and all the time for no real reason you could have a medical problem? It could be something simple like a nutrient deficiency but Bartter’s Syndrome and Addison’s disease could be very detrimental to the whole living and enjoying life thing that they talk about these days. These two situations cause your body to not be able to process or regulate sodium…in the body. Quick Pro Tip: “Salt helps maintain the fluid in our blood cells and is used to transmit information in our nerves and muscles. It is also used in the uptake of certain nutrients from our small intestines. The body cannot make salt and so we are reliant on food to ensure that we get the required intake.”. Sounds legit to me but don’t go housing a pallet full of jumbo bags of Doritos every day.
If you’re worried about your food intake and what it’s doing to you, or even if you’re not worried(you should be!!!) here’s some good information on the food pyramid about how to plan a balanced meal. In addition, and this may seem old school since I’m sure everyone already reads these and totally understands how they work(oh wait, you don’t?), here’s how to break down and understand the labels we see on our foods.
See that? Knowledge is…well, whatever, I’m hungry.