Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Carbs Are Impossible to Resist
The most difficult decision in every health-conscious person’s life is going out to dinner and attempting to resist the bread bowl.
Like, you’re hungry and ready to eat, a steaming baguette is staring you in the face, how the F are you supposed to say no to that? It doesn’t matter if you’re already over your Weight Watchers allotted points for the day or if you swore to go gluten-free until spring break, you’re probs going to dig into a piece of bread and savor every moment before going for a second, and a third.
Why is it so hard to resist bread and carbs in general? According to a recent study, “starchy” might be the sixth flavor (the first five being sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami), which could explain why there are times when you simply crave carbs.
“Every culture has a major source of complex carbohydrate. The idea that we can’t taste what we’re eating doesn’t make sense,” explains Juyun Lim, a researcher from the study.
True that, Juyun! Just because we usually want to pile cheese on our noodles (sorry Italians), doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the “starchy” taste of plain old pasta.
Unfortunately, none of the information in this study has found a way to prevent yourself from wolfing down an entire loaf of bread on your cheat day, but at least we have some science backing up the fact that on some days all we want to eat is something starchy.