Snack Foods

- POSTED ON: Aug 26, 2011

Recently I discovered the Paleo writings of J Stantion,
and am in the process of reading some of his articles.

His position on snack foods is interesting, and very on point.

He says:

The Magic Of Snacks: Taste Without Nutrition

"Just as a movie set’s only constraint is to look good
for a few seconds from a limited set of camera angles,
a snack food’s only constraint is to taste good
until it slides down your throat.

And that’s what technology allows us to do:
create products (“snacks”) that tickle our taste receptors
far more than real food can ever hope to—but
that don’t come with the nutrition that selected us
to crave those tastes in the first place.

This is the reason that the concept “eat whole foods,
minimally processed” is generally sound:

if whole foods taste good to us,
it’s most likely because they contain nutrients we need,
not because they’ve been engineered to tickle our taste buds.

(Note that all modern fruits are heavily engineered products
of thousands of years of careful breeding: read Dan Koeppel’s
fascinating book “Banana” for a look at one typical example.)"

This seems to hit the nail on the head.

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On Aug 26, 2011 TexArk wrote:
When I shared the Stanton article with my husband the English professor, he decided to make "Design the Perfect Snack Food" into a writing assignment for his advanced comp class. I, too, especially liked the movie set analogy a lot.

On Aug 26, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk, thanks for sharing it with me. I look forward to reading more of his writings.

On Aug 26, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
This demonstrates the perversion of the purpose of a snack. A snack should be a small amount of food that is supposed to tide you over when excessively long gaps occur between meals during waking hours. The reason you would need food is because you need nutrition: the whole shebang, not just calories. That's why nowadays after 20 months of the NO S Diet, I furrow my brow at most "snack" foods, especially snack cakes. Why would anyone need such a source of calories to tide her over? Cake is about celebration. It represents a tremendous amount of distillation and energy input, an amount way beyond what should be expended just for a boost of energy. But snack has come to mean just an addition of calories and people have come to believe that celebratory pleasure should be available all the time, as if the joy of simple food to satisfy keen hunger isn't pleasure enough.

On Aug 26, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             oolala, you are correct. As a child, in my family dessert and snack foods were always available and were considered essentials. Now I am in my mid 60s and, while my mind understands that this should not be the case, my emotions are still stuck in that belief. I have not yet been able to get my head and my heart together on this issue, and so optimal behavior is still an ongoing struggle for me.

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