An interesting thing about eating the same food every day: when you eat good food your body releases dopamine, the hormone that makes you feel happy. But each time you eat the same thing in a row, a little less dopamine is released. So after a long time eating the same flavour over and over again, you’re not deriving pleasure from that food anymore.
This makes sense, your body needs you to eat a variety of foods so that you intake all the vitamins and minerals you need to thrive. Each time you don’t fulfill this need for variety, your brain takes away some of your reward. And when you give it a new flavour to enjoy, whoooo! Here’s some happy hormone!
Fats, sugar and salt are big for dopamine, and why junk food is so popular. I’m getting very little fat and salt this week, and no sugar. It’s day 6 of this challenge, and already I could use a hit of dopamine – my appetite is gone today.
I can’t imagine not being able to buy all the flavours and types of food I like to enjoy! No wonder people turn to fast food; no nutritional value, but that matters less when priorities are to find cheap, filling and tasty.
The current welfare rates do not allow for people to buy the variety and quality of foods they need to have a satisfying or healthy diet.
For more information on Raise the Rates, the Welfare Food Challenge and how you can make a difference, please visit welfarefoodchallenge.org