Why You Eat What You Eat The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food In Why You Eat What You Eat acclaimed neuroscientist Rachel Herz examines the sensory psychological neuroscientific and physiological factors that influence our eating habits Herz who s been prai

  • Title: Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food
  • Author: Rachel Herz
  • ISBN: 9780393243314
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Why You Eat What You Eat, acclaimed neuroscientist Rachel Herz examines the sensory, psychological, neuroscientific, and physiological factors that influence our eating habits Herz, who s been praised for her ability to cite and explain academic studies in a conversational manner Washington Post , uncovers the fascinating and surprising facts that influence food conIn Why You Eat What You Eat, acclaimed neuroscientist Rachel Herz examines the sensory, psychological, neuroscientific, and physiological factors that influence our eating habits Herz, who s been praised for her ability to cite and explain academic studies in a conversational manner Washington Post , uncovers the fascinating and surprising facts that influence food consumption such as why bringing reusable bags to the grocery store encourages us to buy treats, how our beliefs can affect how many calories we burn, why TV influences how much we eat, and how what we see and hear changes how food tastes and reveals useful techniques for improving our experience of food, such as how aromas can help curb cravings and tips on how to resist repeated trips to the buffet table.Why You Eat What You Eat presents our relationship to food as a complicated recipe, whose ingredients taste, personality, and emotions combine to make eating a potent and pleasurable experience Herz weaves curious findings and compelling facts into a narrative that tackles important questions, revealing how psychology, neurology, and physiology shape our relationship with food, and how food alters the relationship we have with ourselves and each other.

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    1. This is a completely different book to the diet/healthy eating books I've been reading as it focuses on our taste buds and the way in which people can be given a food and one will love the taste and the other hate it. It's an interesting insight on why we do what we do when it comes to food. I enjoyed the case studies such as Stan and inability to smell properly. It's a fairly easy to read book. Overall it's not a bad book. Free arc from netgalley

    2. "Knowledge of how our mind and body are affected by our food choices, and how our senses and psychology alter our experience of food and the consequences of eating, is power."We've all got eating habits that might be more or less weird - some of us are picky eaters, others just can't stop binging, another group loves indulging in so-called comfort foods. Why You Eat What You Eat is a scientific exploration of how and why we form those habits. I received an advanced copy of this book, so I didn't [...]

    3. Did you know that smell is equally important as taste in figuring out flavor? Did you know that bitter taste that makes your mouth salivate when sick is from tumor necrosis factor alpha (tnf-a)? Did you know that you are seriously easily influenced by the presence of food in your life? That container or plate size controls consumption (bigger plate = bigger portions)? I probably read too much about food, because the only new thing I learned in this was about tnf-a, then made coincidental because [...]

    4. (Also published on the bellevuefarmersmarket/blog.)When British mountaineer George Mallory was asked by a journalist, "Why did you want to climb Mt. Everest?" Mallory famously replied, "Because it's there." I feel like, for many of us, Why We Eat What We Eat might be summed up just as succinctly. Why did I finish everything on my plate, even though I wasn't hungry anymore? Because it was there. Why did I have a second cookie? Ditto. That handful of peanuts? Ditto ditto.Rachel Herz gets more scie [...]

    5. This was a fascinating look at the psychology of food, from the importance of smell to color to culture. I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in the topic though it’s not the most user friendly of books.

    6. I’m a glutton for this food knowledge! Who knew a book on the sensory and psychological reasonings for our eating habits could be so fascinating? I have been sharing tidbits from this book to anyone willing to listen (my apologies if you, like my dad, could care less). Did you know…?Your mood can change your perception of how sweet or sour something tastes. Researchers did a study at Cornell University where they asked fans after Cornell hockey games if they would taste test a lemon-lime sor [...]

    7. I was turned onto this book when it was recommended in Martha Stewart Living magazine. I was interested in it because the synopsis talked about learning about connections with our food and habits, such as: why people who bring cloth grocery bags are more likely to buy treats at the grocery store. Instead of learning about more interesting connections like that, the first 7 chapters felt like a recap of stuff I already know, for example: put food on a smaller plate to eat less (our portion sizes [...]

    8. The term ‘page turner’ is often used to describe a thriller; but in this case, I think that the term adequately describes “Why You Eat What You Eat”. Every page contained a nugget of information gathered from various universities’ social experiments. Food taste, texture, and smell are the determinants that come to mind when deciding what food to eat. But not as clear is the influence that experience, psychology, culture, and memory have on our food eating decisions. These and other pro [...]

    9. The concept behind 'Why You Eat' is really interesting, and there's some good takeaways and facts that would interest most people. I feel like I learned a few new things about food, and the reasons behind why we eat.My biggest critique is the narrator - her voice was robotic and monotone. A lack of inflection made this audiobook difficult to get through in points. While I realize this book was written from a scientific perspective, I feel like the message was lacking in its delivery.I'd definite [...]

    10. Rachel Herz unravels the delights, temptations, savoriness, and charms of food. She reveals why we eat as we do and in what quantity, and how perfection and framing affect food consumption choice. With half of the US adult population projected to become obese by 2030, this book also can serve as a wake up call for the excesses of food and the reasons we take in so much. A worthwhile read on the magical elixir of life: food glorious food.

    11. So worth the read. Fascinating, well-researched, and really, actually helpful to a slightly-more-than-layperson (especially one with well-established food issues). At multiple points I found myself commenting aloud (“huh! No way!”).

    12. Fascinating book. I would have found a list of tips taken from the book, listed at the end, extremely helpful.

    13. We eat more when we are distracted, or when we are with others, or when we are talking to others, or when we are alone this book does not give us much hope to curb overeating or other food-related issues, but it does provide knowledge about food choices and habits that could be tools for improvement.

    14. Most of today’s American/first-world cultures eat, posits Herz (neurogastronomy, Brown and Boston College) in a complicated manner that no longer has anything to do with hunger. Herz’s quest is the scientific endeavor to understand “…the interactions between our brain, food, and eating,” to figure out “…how and why do our senses, mind, and environment impact our experience of food and our motivation to eat? And how does food alter our physiology, mood, and behavior?” And it is fa [...]

    15. I don’t think this book knew what it wanted to be — science, case studies, sociology/anthropology, or weight loss guide. It’s full of interesting tid bits and reports on food-related studies, but lacks a punchline or synthesis of the information presented. As a result, it felt disjointed and then seemed to end abruptly.

    16. I would have liked this book more and found myself skimming through it less if it were not so wordy. The author promises some interesting information but it is impossible to find in the many unnecessary stories and long unending paragraphs

    17. 5.0 out of 5 stars"Our senses, mind, and environment are woven into our experience of eating."By booklover10 on December 26, 2017Format: HardcoverRachel Herz, the author of "Why You Eat What You Eat," is a sensory and cognitive neuroscientist whose area of interest is neurogastronomy, the science that explores how the brain affects food choices. Herz points out that our genetic makeup, senses, and surroundings have a great deal to do with what we choose to eat and also how much we ingest. For ex [...]

    18. This book started off with real promise. The introduction hinted at all kinds of interesting things that would explain why we eat what we eat; and I looked forward to reading and learning about them. In short order, however, all or many of these facts/tidbits had been explained. Then, for a large part of the book, it seems that the author had changed her subject. Now we were reading about obesity, dieting, healthy choices, methods to maintain or lose weight. Some of the scientific studies were i [...]

    19. This a very thorough exploration into the science literature on humans and eating. It is not a diet book. It will cause you to be amazed at the input all your senses (not just taste) have to do with what you eat, how much you eat, and the resulting impact on your body. I gained an incredible amount of food related knowledge by reading “Why You Eat What You Eat” but it was, at times, a struggle to keep reading. I learned to not despair over sentences like the one below and to, persistently, j [...]

    20. I was delighted to receive an advanced reading copy of this book by Rachel Herz, an esteemed expert of the science and psychology of the senses, who I am lucky to know here at Brown University. Rachel's newest book is a beautifully accessible overview of how the science of the brain and our senses influences why, what, and how we eat, as well as how we can hack this knowledge in our own eating lives—whether our food goals are to change our eating habits or to dive deeper into the pleasures of [...]

    21. This was very good, very informative, and great research. I have to confess I skimmed the last few chapters as I was burned out on all the research. Readable and fun.If you want to know why you love some foods and hate others, why you feel the way you do when you eat, and what might help you if you want to lose or gain weight, this book will help you make some good decisions. Interesting stories about people and their foibles concerning food are included.

    22. There were a lot of great insights I took from this book that I can apply to my everyday life, like mindfulness and plate size and aromas. But about halfway through the book, I learned about the undergoing scandal with a nutrition researcher from Cornell. His studies are referenced frequently in the book and he has recently come under fire for falsifying data. That made me a little less convinced of the veracity of the many studies referenced throughoutInteresting read

    23. *I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book was surprisingly interesting. I enjoyed the way the chapters were broken down and the inclusion of personal accounts with different disordered, I think that helped to make the book more interesting and relatable. The advice on how to influence your psychology was very Interesting. This book is likely to appeal to a range of people, from scientists to anyone interested in dieting or nutrition.

    24. I like the fact that after reading this book I know what's going on when I eat too much sugar, fat, how important smell is to have a healthy meal, how organic products are not as good as they pretend to be, etc; reading this book will give you a general understanding about what you are eating, and if you are mindful or pay attention to what you eat, you will make better decisions and improve your eating habits. I definitely recommend this book.

    25. It's absolutely fascinating, the science behind why we eat what we eat and the different biological components involved. How and why we make memories around food, dishes, flavours and smells. That emotion affects how we taste and that subtle visual cues change what you eat even when you think yourself impervious to them. Worth wading through all the science (it's not too bad of a current (: ).

    26. Wow. I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It wasn’t nearly as scientific and difficult as I previously thought. Everything was explained well and easy to understand.I’m impressed by how our mind and body work when it comes to food and I’ve learned more than a few things I will keep in mind next time I have a craving for comfort food.

    27. An interesting read about how our eating habits are influence not just by taste, or even taste and smell, but all of our senses and personal experiences. some of it was new; some of this I already knew; and some of this was neuroscience or social science that I knew but specifically related to food. It did feel long and/or dry at times, though.

    28. This is a pretty good book that does as the title says: Explains why we eat what we eat, some of the things mention here I already knew and some others are new for me, nevertheless it helps to understand that our culture and our daily routines. Not sure if I will put in practice some of the tips that are here, but for sure it was an enjoyable reading

    29. I like the way the author combines the scientific with how this information is useful in real life. I learned a lot from what is "umani" (meaty flavor), supertasters, and the potential positives in eating sweet food.

    30. I received a free copy of an uncorrected proof. I found this book fascinating!! Loved learning more about our senses and the strength of our associations. Many different studies are cited, and explained in thematic chapters.

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