Although our attitudes to food and drink have changed subtly over the years, there will always be truisms that hold out against logic, reason and our own benefit. One of these truisms is that if it is good for you, it cannot possibly be fun. Hence we are tempted by the hamburger and fries because it is more “fun” than the healthier options. Of course, it must be – why would we eat the less healthy option if it were not superior in some other way?
In many ways, we stick to less healthy food because it is what we are used to. Take as an example of someone on holiday in a foreign country. There is always a sense that someone who holidays to another country will look for home comforts – in the UK it is a cliché born out of the truth that a “Brit abroad” will book into their hotel and unpack then look for the nearest British-style eating and drinking establishments.
If we widen our range, we will usually find that the things we have ignored out of habit are actually quite good. Whether it be a salad with a light dressing or an element of international cuisine, there are some healthy options that have plenty of taste and enough of a “wow” factor to remain part of our diet going forward. Less fat doesn’t mean less fun unless you have such a low imagination that you can’t bear to be parted from what you are used to.