Lanie makes a good point about the way in which some of us crave carbohydrates more than others. I agree that there seems to be an inherited trait here. I had a sweet tooth as a kid and it's a helluva tough addiction to break. When I was at University however, I shared a flat with a guy who had never eaten a whole bar of candy in his life! I thought perhaps because he'd never had it, he never craved it. Whenever he tried a taste, he wanted to retch because it tasted so unpleasant to him. Needless to say he also had the most perfect teeth I've ever seen (OK, so I'm British!) and not an ounce of fat anywhere on him.
I reckon we all have a natural craving for carbs. Anything sweet must have been highly prized by our ancestors, apart from my flatmate, before the agricultural revolution. An instant blood sugar spike and a little body fat stored away for later would have been a great asset in the stone age. So the seratonin rush that carb consumption brings may just be our little biochemical reward for increasing our chances of survival, handed down to us from our ancient ancestors. On top of that, those who really crave the carbs may simply be responding to a learned impulse inherited from their own family's eating habits. My dad had a really sweet tooth (false ones, of course!) but my flatmates father didn't at all.
It surprises me that more research isn't carried out to look at some of these issues.
All the best,
Lots of food for thought here. Hmm. Thank goodness we never had processed food while we were growing up and the only food of that type I buy today is that cheese for the cheese puffs. Looking at the ingredients on the food packages can be scary. Good grief. Karen, I also blame video games and computer games along with the hundreds of TV channels now available that kids are glued to instead of running around outside in the yard or riding bikes. Too much inactivity, too much electronic zapping, too much monitor gazing and no wonder the kids can't pay attention in school. Sandy, thanks for the yogurt idea. I've stopped drinking milk so that's great for calcium!
Post Edited (lanieg) : 9/21/2007 7:10:06 AM (GMT-6)
mmmmmmm.... that sounds so good! Yum! I will have to try that! Do you use regular store bought type parmesan like Kraft, or do you have to get the fresh grated type?