What are Food Triggers?

Eating food is how humans, animals, plants and insects are all able to receive their energy and fuel, no matter how or what we eat, it’s an act of survival for every species. With certain foods consumed  however, comes something known as a food trigger. A food trigger is defined as when eaten, you crave and possibly want to eat more. This is known to be seen more as a habit, not an actual hunger. These foods also tend to be higher in calories, cholesterol, processed and overall are not a healthy choice for the human body. People who suffer from constant food triggers are seen to be overweight, not having a consistent or healthy diet and eat whenever they please rather than realizing the side effects of their actions. 

Researchers say that many people have difficulties distinguishing between hunger and cravings, which tends to lead to overeating. According to Piedmont Healthcare, the most common trigger foods are highly palatable foods filled with sugar, salt and unhealthy fats, says Lena Beal, M.S., RD, LD, a therapeutic dietitian at Piedmont’s Fuqua Heart Center. “This includes soft drinks, chips, cakes, cookies and pies. The more you eat, the more you’ll want.”

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