This video by Dr. Greger opinions some fascinating analysis on the affect of promoting on meals selections. We prefer to assume that we make rational selections, nevertheless it’s superb how simply that may be influenced.
I liked the experiment about background instrumental music in shops. Whether it is French music, individuals are more likely to purchase French wine than German wine, however whether it is German music, the reverse is true. However in the event you ask them about it afterwards they’re unaware that the music affected their alternative.
Meals firms typically argue that they’re solely offering what the market calls for. In mild of the sum of money they spend on promoting, which clearly influences our selections, that reasoning appears a bit disingenuous.
One actionable concept that got here out of this: Use your mute swap! Individuals assume in the event that they go away television adverts on within the background whereas doing one thing else, they aren’t being attentive to them. However analysis reveals that we’re extra vulnerable to promoting messages when distracted.
That’s why I discovered the principle thesis of the guide McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Grew to become the New Capitalist Spirituality, which argues that trendy mindfulness educating is a few type of capitalist conspiracy, to be amusing (in addition to unlikely). Why would they need us to be conscious? It’s simpler to persuade us to purchase stuff if we’re not conscious. Many individuals are already mindlessly looking at their smartphones all day, on which you’ll be able to ship them focused adverts to make them eat extra.
So if we use our mute switches, take a break from our telephones occasionally, and work on paying higher consideration, perhaps we are able to make extra rational selections and eat more healthy.