Body, health & nutrition · C 2

Listening Advanced C1: Can You Eat Just One?


Have you ever felt that you couldn’t control a a strong drive to eat something? Are you one of those people that have to fight against themselves in order to avoid buying certain products on display at the supermarket? Do you often find yourself visiting your refrigerator, at late hours (while everybody is fast asleep), hoping, wishing and keeping fingers crossed that there is still, half a jar of chocolate spread left?

If you identify with these situations,  you could be suffering from the effects of a behavioural addiction called food addiction. This addiction is characterised by a compulsive consumption of high fat and sugary foods that activates the reward system in humans, making them want more and more of the same thing. This doesn’t happen to be a coincidence as the food industry is well aware of this, and consequently, creates food that will be highly palatable for the great majority, despite the adverse consequences that this has on people’s health.

Here you have a listening activity from The National CBC News.

Created by blogdeserena

Addictive Food

You are going to watch a video from CBC New about the food industry.

Say whether the following statements are true or false according to what you hear.

Activity by Serena

Video from CBC News: The National

1.Food companies use science to find out how people react to food.

2.Moss was surprised to find out that food contains a large amount of ingredients that produce pleasure. 

3) Kelly discovered that the main aim of science behind food engineering was to make as much profit as possible. 

4) Once Bruce Bradley became aware of how processed food was elaborated, he became concerned about food policies.

5) According to Michael Moss, food companies use a wide diversity of products during the process of creating highly addictive food.

6) Pat, an ex-food addict has finally managed to get over her food addiction.

7) Unilever, made incredible advances by using scientists that analysed how the brain reacted to food.

8) Only the brain is involved in making food extremely palatable.

9) Michael Moss explains that the concept called 'Vanishing Caloric Density' refers to the feeling of food melting in people's mouth.

10) According to Kelly, food preservatives and chemicals are added to food to preserve them and make them taste better. 

11) Lately, the food industry is changing its products for more healthy food in order to help people gain better eating habits. 

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