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WHAT IS EAT TANK? Eat Tank is a community obsessed with teaching humans how to navigate our complex modern food world. We believe that knowledge is the only path to better eating decisions and optimum health.

THE CHOCOLATE CAKE & BROCCOLI EXPERIMENT

Eat Tank wants to help you think differently about food. We asked kids if they would rather eat broccoli or chocolate cake. The answer might be obvious but it proves a very important point. Watch the video to see what happened.

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WHY CAKE OVER BROCCOLI?

Because for 99.99% of human existence food has been in limited supply. In that setting, consuming the most calories confers a survival advantage. So we prefer the taste of calorie-dense foods. Like cake.

  • Chocolate Cake
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    brain cake

    CHOCOLATE CAKE Foods that are calorie-dense activate taste buds that make our brains say, "Those make me happy! Eat more!"

  • Broccoli
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    brain broccoli

    BROCCOLI Foods that are not calorie-dense activate taste buds that make our brains say, "Meh, whatever. Give it to the dog or finish it to be polite."

  • Poison
    poison
    brain poison

    POISON Foods that contain potentially harmful chemicals activate taste buds that make our brains say, "Ewwww! Spit it out now!"

TELL ME MORE, PLEASE?

Having a taste for calorie-dense foods is not the only thing human physiology does to ensure survival in a limited-food environment. Read on and find out why...

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