Loving your food is (surprise!) good for you.

We are genetically hard-wired to seek pleasure, because that’s what helped our species survive back in the day. In today’s health- and weight-centric culture, however, pleasure gets a bad rap — ironic, given that the modern food environment heavily promotes indulgent and less-nutritious foods. When we feel conflicted or confused about our food choices, rush through our meals or eat while distracted, we deprive ourselves of food pleasure and eating satisfaction. This can have negative consequences for health. Here’s why you can — and should — eat for both nutrition and pleasure.

The reality is that true pleasure leads to healthy choices, because ultimately we want our food to both taste good and make our bodies feel good. Feeling sluggish or overly full is the antithesis of pleasure.

What makes a food pleasurable? Taste, obviously, is one factor — but it’s also about what would feel good in terms of temperature, texture and substance. The crispiest, juiciest, most flavourful apple in the world won’t bring you true pleasure if you’re hungry for a warm, filling meal. Similarly, if you are craving a big salad but all that’s available to you is a burger, you’re not going to take a lot of pleasure in your meal.

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