Its funny; minus all the carbs; I never get hungry anymore. Proof that there is an addictive quality to carbs; and your body craves them for the glucose fuel. I'll let my body convert the fat and protein I eat; to any small amount of glucose it may need. (Avatar is Ray Walston from the old My Favorite Martian series, a rather scientific character)
As to the OP, commercials such as the Pillsbury Doughboy are nothing more than marketing ploys that are in response to the CW that was started by the US government with the Food Pyramid.
It also buys into the stereotype of "Fat is happy" that has been perpetuated for some time.
The Doughboy is fat, you poke him and he giggles, the commercialized image of the "happy fat man" used for marketing purposes.
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Baked goods were already associated with love and happiness in American culture long before the doughboy character was invented. They still are. Mom and apple pie. Moms who make cookies (there was some huge political thing I think with Hillary about that a while back). Grandma's stuffing at Thanksgiving. That sort of thing. What corporate America first had to do was show that they could save mom and grandma all that work while still allowing them to provide the love and happiness. The Doughboy was mom's little helper in the kitchen. Eventually we got to the point now where everybody just goes straight to the love and happiness without needing a mom to make it for them. Now we can associate the doughboy and Pillsbury with love and happiness directly. The finger poke is more about freshness and fresh-bakedness than about being fat. It really isn't about the carbs so much as it's about marketing a product. They could be selling bacon and then they'd just use cultural associations having to do with bacon.
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Carbs themselves cannot be addictive. It is the stuff that gets added to them in processed snacks.
Try getting addicted to baked potatoes. OTOH, a bag of potato chips off the shelf? Effortless. I was dismayed to see milk powder as an ingredient in one brand of potato chips the other day.
Similarly try getting addicted to bananas, just simple pure refined sugar or steamed rice.
Few but ripe.
Carbs can definitely be addicting. I think "refined foods" is the term you're looking for. This goes for sugar, flour, and vegetable oils. These refined foods are one of just a few reasons for modern obesity. The others are gut disruption via genetic supercrops (modern wheat for instance) and a lack of physical work.
I saw a new Cheerios commercial last night that made me think of this thread. It was basically a little boy asking his mom if nana fed her Cheerios and the mom saying yes and the kid looks up with these toddler eyes and says 'so its almost like we're having breakfast with nana' and the mom looks like she's going to cry and days yes. Because obviously nana is dead or maybe that was just my interpretation. It ends with 'love' on the screen.
Sheesh. So heavy handed to me it was close to satire.
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