Professor Lowe encourages everyone to recognise their 'trigger foods'.
Professor Lowe encourages everyone to recognise their 'trigger foods'. Contributed

Put that 'trigger food' down

WHAT are bad foods?

The answer to this question often depends on who you ask and the reason you are asking the question.

From a Public Health point of view, bad foods would be what I call "trigger foods".

These are foods that once you start eating them, you can't stop until all of them are gone.

Depending on the individual, a trigger food could be chocolate, biscuits or chips … or anything really.

For one friend of mind, it is potato crisps. If a packet is opened, she will continue to eat the crisps until the bag is empty.

For another friend it is tomatoes. If they are in the house she will eat all of them.

Most of us will have some food item that has this effect on us.

They are "comfort foods" that make us feel good while we are eating them.

Unfortunately, most of them are foods with high energy density, meaning they contain plenty of calories.

Consider yourself very lucky if yours is not a food with high energy density.

So, think carefully about what food acts as a trigger food for you.

The reality is you will need to avoid that food or only put yourself in situations where that food is in limited supply.


Professor John B Lowe is the Head of the School of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast.


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