Friday, December 16, 2016

Does deliciousness make you gain weight?

There is a concept going around that it is the flavor of a food that makes you eat more and thus gain weight. Say a piece of cake.

But now the famous "taste" lab Monell says that they have determined that good taste may govern what we eat, but not how much.

Researchers have long known that rodents (test rats and mice) avidly eat great-tasting human food--cookies, chips, and condensed milk--and get fat. This has led to the idea that tasty foods make you fat.

So they separated the positives of tasty food from their high sugar and fat content.

First, they established like lab mice liked food with added sweetness or oiliness--they offered rodent food and a cup of chow mixed with noncaloric sweetener. A second group got a choice of boring old chow and chow mixed with mineral oil (no cals).

Next, they got new mice and divided them in three groups. Plain chow for six weeks, chow with no-cal sweetener, and chow with mineral oil. The ones that ate sweetener or oily chow were no fatter.

The sweetener and oily groups both preferred their forms six weeks later.

Now--they say--the key is to create foods that don't have fat or sugar that are good-tasting. Supposedly they won't lead to over indulgence.

I know those low-fat cookies so popular a while back substituted sugar for fat. People ate them and got fatter.

Maybe there is no free lunch...

Also, pardon me, but don't even try to put mineral oil in cake.

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