Why Do We Eat What We Eat?

Humans eat just like every other living creature. Have you ever wondered what drives us to binge eat, or spend too much time at the grocery store? And how does the food we eat impact us emotionally? We talk to Dr. Rachel Herz, author of "Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food," about the surprising science of food in our daily lives.

Dr. Herz is a leading world expert on the psychological science of smell, and has been conducting research on olfaction, sensory perception, emotion, motivated behavior and cognition since 1990. She holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and sometimes teaches in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. Stream or download the podcast using the player below, or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunesStitcher, and Gretta.

Appetite for Consumption

Dr. Rachel Herz, author of "Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food," discusses:

  • How and why our senses, mind, and environment impact our experience of food and our motivation to eat.
  • Things you can do while grocery shopping to make sure you're taking good care of your impulses and cravings while still taking care of the rest of your body.
  • Why we don't all just eat what's healthy.
  • How corporations are impacting our food consumption.
  • The "Fab Four" (sweet, salty, sour, and bitter) and what they mean to your body.
  • The secret to resisting seconds — and maybe even thirds — at your favorite all-you-can-eat buffet.

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Podcast Show Notes and Links

The Difference Between Steel Cut, Old Fashioned, Quick Cook, and Instant Oats

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Written by Cody Gough February 6, 2018

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