29 December 2010

Yet another reason to GROW your dinner.


This article in Wired caught my eye a while ago, and I'm just now getting around to blogging about it. It talks about some studies which indicate that the more we work for our food, the better it tastes, the more we enjoy it. Most interestingly, this isn't just a higher level psychological feeling of satisfaction -- the same apparently holds true for mice, indicating this may be a pretty fundamental part of how brains work.
That's interesting, but it gets more interesting. Work with brain scanning indicates that obese people get less pleasure from food than people with a healthy weight -- implying that they may be overweight because they have to eat more to get the same level of satisfaction.
In this article, they put that together to say that taking time to cook dinner will make it taste better, and therefore help you eat less and be healthier.
I'm inclined to take it a step further: A home cooked, home GROWN meal is quite the peak of deliciousness, leaving one so flushed with pleasure the thought of an oreo orgy can hardly come to mind and McDonalds sounds simply repulsive.
 As if I needed another reason to keep vegetable gardening...

4 comments:

Eliza @ Appalachian Feet said...

Interesting info -- I don't have a hard time believing it. I think I enjoy my dinner better even if all I have is one homegrown ingredient to add to it (like the dehydrated tomatoes I crushed for a salad topping last night). I enjoyed your variegated plant liars post, too!

allanbecker-gardenguru said...

Thank you for bringing this article to our attention and for introducing me to WIRED.

CelticRose said...

What's up with the tiny font today? I had to zoom to 125% to be able to read today's post.

Commonweeder said...

This is fascinating - and it makes total sense! I will check out the Wired article.