Man Eats Food Only Advertised on TV, Becomes Hormonal

While I question use of the word “hormonal” in this article (I would have chosen “lethargic”.), the results are not surprising.

From treehugger:

Sit through any prime-time television show, televised sporting event, or even cartoon and you’re sure to see plenty of commercials for food. And you’ve undoubtedly noticed that this food runs the gamut from fast food pizza and burgers, to snack foods, to sugary breakfast fare. They are really “edible food-like substances,” as Michael Pollan would say.

What would a month of living solely on these TV commercial foods look like? And how would you feel at the end of it?

Tom Lamont, a writer for The Observer, decided to give it a try. For one month, he could only purchase and eat those foods he’d seen advertised on television. As we all well know, this means processed, sugary, salty, fatty food. They don’t advertise Brussels sprouts on television. No bulk whole grains. No pastured meat. Only those products that have a large advertising budget behind them.

Basically, by the time the month was up, Lamont felt like a sluggish, cranky mess. Surprisingly, he didn’t gain any weight, but that could be at least partially because he got so tired of processed foods that he just didn’t eat as much after a while.

Interesting details in the original article, especially how ONE non-junk meal (His girlfriend made him cheat!) made him feel better. Briefly.

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