How Junk Food Tricks Your Body Into Overeating

By: Daniel Villarreal
8.15.2012

Fritos. Double Stuf Oreos. Soda. Pizza. They're all junk food and they all satisfy an evolutionary drive to overeat.

But according to the fellas at ASAP Science, America's EZ-snack culture has put that our evolutionary hungers into overdrive.

As cavemen, foods rich in sugar and fat were hard to come by. Eating them helped folks gain fat and stay warm in the lean winter months.

But these days, fatty and sugary foods are just a drive-thru or convenience store away, and the more we eat such foods, the less effective our body's hormones become in telling us when to stop.

So the next time you reach for a sugar-filled, fat-saturated snack, remember—overeating is a cycle that can only be broken by smaller portions and better food choices!

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