Why Our Brains Love Junk Food

  • Опубликовано: 14 авг 2012
  • Hank explains the scientific reasons behind why we humans generally prefer to eat donut hamburgers to carrots.
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    Diet & the evolution of the earliest human ancestors - www.pnas.org/content/97/25/13506.full
    Australopithecus: Diet - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australopithicus#Diet
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Комментарии • 3 833

  • Miss Anthrope
    Miss Anthrope 24 дня назад

    Carrots or fries? I'll take both because I'm a pregnant garbage disposal lol. Been craving and eating carrots every day for some reason..

  • anathem.a
    anathem.a Месяц назад

    this is weird but hank looks so good here

  • The incarnation of boredom
    The incarnation of boredom Месяц назад

    that's just unfair. You purposely put fries there because that's what I'm gonna be having for dinner in like an hour.

  • hello goodbye
    hello goodbye 2 месяца назад

    hank is FUCKIN HOT in this vid!

  • Xplosions_galor
    Xplosions_galor 2 месяца назад

    Is it weird that I preferred the carrots? I like carrots and prefer potatoes in a mashed form XD

  • Niko Ništa
    Niko Ništa 2 месяца назад

    I`ll eat both.

  • Mysterious Enigma
    Mysterious Enigma 2 месяца назад

    I love carrots but I can't stand them if they are cooked. I can only eat most vegetables raw. With a lot of ranch. And I mean *A LOT* of ranch...

  • Alek Tuan
    Alek Tuan 2 месяца назад

    Hank is so cute dammit

  • Daniel McDavid
    Daniel McDavid 4 месяца назад

    I legit prefer carrots.

  • Tigress Arcnon
    Tigress Arcnon 4 месяца назад

    I would rather eat both, though i might go for the sausage first.

  • Kenney
    Kenney 4 месяца назад

    I once wondered about why we crave the foods that are bad for us and realized that in a survival situation you would live longer on meat, fat and salt because you need the salt, protien and energy, but never realized it was due partly to brain size as well.

  • Natasha Guerrero
    Natasha Guerrero 5 месяцев назад

    I honestly wanted the carrots

  • Anime Trash
    Anime Trash 5 месяцев назад

    I don't like French Fries, I love sweet potato fries though. So I pick the carrots.

  • Annie Jones
    Annie Jones 6 месяцев назад

    I mean, I like carrots, but French fries!!!

  • Annie Jones
    Annie Jones 6 месяцев назад

    Why is everyone saying they would want to eat the carrots? Just because it's not good for you doesn't mean that it isn't good for your taste buds! I mean, carrots are good, but French fries!

  • Lion Prubbs
    Lion Prubbs 7 месяцев назад

    so thats why i eat ice-cream when im sad

  • Necro Nomaken
    Necro Nomaken 7 месяцев назад

    Raw carrots? No. But grilled veggies - i eat a mountain of those things before i'd touch french fries.

  • Zoe Heaton
    Zoe Heaton 7 месяцев назад

    i am really craving carrots.

  • Francesco van spronsen
    Francesco van spronsen 8 месяцев назад

    Omg he looks so young!

  • Gabriel Willson
    Gabriel Willson 8 месяцев назад

    i love you hank!!!. no homo

  • nonya damnbus#1
    nonya damnbus#1 8 месяцев назад

    French fries without ketchup. I'm going with the carrots.

  • Greg Ameele
    Greg Ameele 8 месяцев назад

    Why do our brains and bodies not agree with each other?

  • Christian Turner
    Christian Turner 9 месяцев назад

    I can't stomach the taste of carrots

  • HECKproductions
    HECKproductions 9 месяцев назад +1

    i am really a fast foood guy and i eat way too much of it but if i had the choice between fries and carrots i would eat the carrots
    fries on their own are fucking gross jeez

  • Matilda Jauhiainen
    Matilda Jauhiainen 9 месяцев назад

    carrots or fries hmmm CARROTS I HATE FRIES RLY I AM ONLY

  • Zoe Heaton
    Zoe Heaton 9 месяцев назад

    for some strange reason i just really want carrots

  • Guoenyi
    Guoenyi 10 месяцев назад

    Id get the carrots. I don't want constipation thanks.

  • Justin Lemme
    Justin Lemme 10 месяцев назад

    Can you do an episode on Celiac Disease?

  • ShadowTheSoulless
    ShadowTheSoulless 10 месяцев назад

    I'm not fond of raw carrots but if it was 'broccoli or fries' i'd eat the broccoli , only if it was steamed. or a banana, im nto a big fry person sry. now if it was Chesse cake or broccoli... id pick cheese cake.

  • 2Awesome
    2Awesome 10 месяцев назад

    So much for not talking with your mouth full...

  • Michael Hartman
    Michael Hartman 11 месяцев назад

    Why do we prefer some foods hot, and some foods cold?

    I HATE EXISTENCE 11 месяцев назад

    gimme both dude, theyre both delicious

  • 고등 지능 ODINS trash
    고등 지능 ODINS trash 11 месяцев назад

    How about sweet potato fries
    They are healthy and tasty

  • green tea
    green tea 11 месяцев назад

    we're not omnivores

  • arrozblanco7
    arrozblanco7 11 месяцев назад

    Carrots over Frenchfries? Why you always lying..

  • Herobrine 37
    Herobrine 37 Год назад

    I´m for fries (Note: I´m not eating fries frequently) :D

  • random mcr fan
    random mcr fan Год назад

    I don't like hugs

  • Aubrey Alina
    Aubrey Alina Год назад

    who tf still believes that we evolved from apes

    • Rudie Punk
      Rudie Punk Год назад

      indeed we share common ancestor with apes, thus family

    • TRUMP 2016
      TRUMP 2016 Год назад

      Natroya Powell early humans weren't apes. They were ape like creatures. Please take some time to actually do research first. 😂

    • Aubrey Alina
      Aubrey Alina Год назад

      TRUMP 2016 if we evolved from apes they wouldn't still exist today. That's just how evolution works 😭😭

    • TRUMP 2016
      TRUMP 2016 Год назад

      Natroya Powell non ignorant people unlike your dumbass

  • BlueberryBumblebees
    BlueberryBumblebees Год назад

    I find this video as I'm eating ramen made with garlic powder and cayenne, drained, with a tab of butter...

  • Savannah Raines
    Savannah Raines Год назад


  • TheBoltMaster
    TheBoltMaster Год назад

    I eat nothing but fast food for 15 days straight,doesn't even gain a pound...STOP MAKING FUN OF ME OK! I'M JUST SHORT AND SKINNY THIS WAY! XD

  • Michael Maxime
    Michael Maxime Год назад +5

    so that's why L eats all those sweets!

  • Lizica Dumitru
    Lizica Dumitru Год назад

    but fries are nutritious...for my brain...evidently

  • Ito Ri
    Ito Ri Год назад +76

    "I swear this is going to be the last SciShow video of today..."
    *finishes video*
    *clicks on another SciShow video*
    There are so much videos like tf help me

    • Drage dk
      Drage dk 9 месяцев назад +2

      Brian southparkstudio haha ;)

    • Brian southparkstudio
      Brian southparkstudio Год назад +8

      this is going to be the last scishow video of the day....... it's 23.59

  • Lerd Nerdaderd
    Lerd Nerdaderd Год назад +3

    Hank: and our brains are like YEAH!

  • Reaty Laiko
    Reaty Laiko Год назад +1

    I love Carrots....
    French fries ... meh....

  • Rishab Manral
    Rishab Manral Год назад +1

    do you ever blink bro

  • greg furtiere
    greg furtiere Год назад +1

    i like carrots in my bum,

  • Rata Touille
    Rata Touille Год назад +5

    2:56 You should say " Whats up doc?"

  • Federico Olivares
    Federico Olivares Год назад

    do not talk with your mouth full...

    • Lorand Deka
      Lorand Deka Год назад

      Plus didn't your mom teach you it's not polite to point....

  • Bhaalspawn84
    Bhaalspawn84 Год назад

    Honestly i'd eat half of a carrot then fries then carrots to the fridge until forgotten&moldy.

  • The Leaving Goose
    The Leaving Goose Год назад +1

    I'd go with potato, baked potato that is.

  • Rylee Matthew
    Rylee Matthew Год назад +1

    The brain demands fat foods because it loves it, the rest of the body screams in pain with every bite. Not literally, though.

  • Inkly
    Inkly Год назад +1

    I love carrots....

  • Jazzy
    Jazzy Год назад +1

    the fries are prepared, the carrots are not. I would much rather eat roasted carrots with seasonings than fries. don't get me wrong, I love fries, I'd choose them over the raw carrot any day. but it's not quite a fair fight to pit a food that's already cooked and ready to eat against raw food that doesn't even look washed yet.

    • ghostbirdofprey
      ghostbirdofprey Год назад +1

      Meanwhile, I think that plate of fries looks old and soggy, whereas the carrots do not.
      besides, raw carrot is fine, raw potato, not so much.

  • R Tex
    R Tex Год назад

    That is one hairy grandma Hank! (Mind blowing hint: Not human and not a human ancestor.)

  • 啊啊啊
    啊啊啊 Год назад

    not gonna lie to myself, i would always chose the fries

  • Xsilly
    Xsilly Год назад +6


  • BetsyBlue
    BetsyBlue Год назад

    Yasssssss. in fact going to grab a doughnut .

  • Ray Davis
    Ray Davis Год назад

    I was eating a snickers bar while watching this 😁

  • Bobby
    Bobby Год назад +1

    "Which would you rather eat?"
    Me: PUSSY

  • Lenny Is A Carrot
    Lenny Is A Carrot Год назад

    I'd rather eat carrots. Honestly, I love them. I'm not a very big fan of French fries.

  • liquid lsd
    liquid lsd Год назад

    What about no oil unsalted baked sweet potato fries?

  • liquid lsd
    liquid lsd Год назад

    We're herbivores...

    • Patrick Bateman
      Patrick Bateman Год назад

      that can eat meat with the side effect of clogged arteries

  • Dalek ShitPoster
    Dalek ShitPoster Год назад +12

    At The Start
    Why Not Both?

    • Mysterious Enigma
      Mysterious Enigma 2 месяца назад

      I mean maybe just not at the same time.

    • Bunne Kuiper
      Bunne Kuiper Год назад +1

      exactly what i was thinking

  • Ow! My Eye!
    Ow! My Eye! Год назад +4

    Carrots are just too unpredictable. You never know if you're going to get something sweet and delicious or if you're going to get something nasty and bitter. Usually, you just end up with pure blandness.

    • ghostbirdofprey
      ghostbirdofprey Год назад +2

      This is why nobody eats the carrots and celery that come with their chicken wings.
      The bland ass produce that comes on the Sysco truck is a crime against agriculture.

  • L0b5terlick
    L0b5terlick Год назад

    Why did my mouth taste like carrot when I heard that sound?

  • josey428
    josey428 Год назад


  • Hall Kids
    Hall Kids Год назад +1

    meat is better

  • Anna Timmerman
    Anna Timmerman Год назад

    can i just have a bottle of ketchep instead

  • Christian Cecere
    Christian Cecere Год назад

    hank, don't talk with your mouth full. lol

  • MiyuxxKankuro
    MiyuxxKankuro Год назад +77

    People keep saying they wants carrots over fries and I'm just like...
    🎶 Why the fuck you lyiin'?
    🎶Why you always lyin'?
    🎶 Mmmm Oh my God!
    🎶Stop fuckin' lyin'!

    • David Hunt
      David Hunt Год назад +1

      MiyuxxKankuro well I'm normal and would take the fries unlike these other creeps

    • RusticKey
      RusticKey Год назад

      +MiyuxxKankuro It's not lying if I prefer boiled potatoes over french fries (because they're super oily and sometimes too salty), and also, _NOTHING BEATS A BROTH WITH CUT CARROTS_.

    • Tomiply
      Tomiply Год назад +7

      +MiyuxxKankuro I actually don't like French fries that much, so I'd pick carrots over them. I like a lot of fat food, just not French fries.

  • MiyuxxKankuro
    MiyuxxKankuro Год назад +3

    People keep saying they wants carrots over fries and I'm just like...
    🎶 Why the fuck you lyiin'?
    🎶Why you always lyin'?
    🎶 Mmmm Oh my God!
    🎶Stop fuckin' lyin'!

  • JJ _The_Ent
    JJ _The_Ent 2 года назад


  • Nuclearsheep 53
    Nuclearsheep 53 2 года назад

    hank reminds me of my english teacher keith thompsen.

  • AlmightyCarrot
    AlmightyCarrot 2 года назад

    Don't you dare eat those carrots!

  • GeekGirl2K
    GeekGirl2K 2 года назад

    Give me the carrot please!

  • Deniz Kara
    Deniz Kara 2 года назад +8

    Than fry the carrots. Julienne cut them, than fry with your choice of oil. On a separate cup prepare some yogurt sauce by whipping some yogurt, 2-3 cloves of grated garlic, olive oil and salt. pour over your fried carrots. Bon appetite. Much tastier than french fries, and still carrots. (you can do the same with eggplants, zucchinis, whatever vegetable you see fit)

    • Jazzy
      Jazzy Год назад +6

      +CodeDarkBlue A carrot

    • CodeDarkBlue
      CodeDarkBlue 2 года назад +5

      +Jewell Cary What crawled up your butt and died?

    • Deniz Kara
      Deniz Kara 2 года назад +4

      Who eats just one carrot. Do you have the stomach of a bunny.

    • Jewell Cary
      Jewell Cary 2 года назад +15

      Oh thanks Bobby flay, I'll keep that in mind when I want to wash a ton of dishes to eat a fucking carrot.

  • Tina Hanken
    Tina Hanken 2 года назад

    On the vaery first question, both

  • dweezel theyounger
    dweezel theyounger 2 года назад

    Ah yes! It makes perfect sense! Our brains "evolve" toward what we really need and what furthers our evolution and will ensure our existence! That's why we love junk food, and pot, and heroin, and alcohol, and....wait, that doesn't make sense. Evolution favors our destruction? What a silly video indeed!
    The truth is there are no scientific explanations as to why we love junk food other than a cheeseburger tastes way better than a carrot. FAT TASTES GOOD! It tastes good not because our brains know we need carbs, but because fat induces different responses chemically on the tongue and in our systems than other foods. We're also induce chemically by processed food manufactures to love their foods artificially. No big mystery here, and it has nothing to do with evolution at all. We get videos like this when we try to fit real life into fantasy.

    • Daniel Broderick
      Daniel Broderick 2 года назад

      +James Denovan Well put

    • James D
      James D 2 года назад +2

      Our brains did evolve to favour fats and sugars, and that is why they induce different chemical reactions, as you said. This is because that during evolutionary times, ancient humans were pretty unlikely to find such an energy-dense food as donuts just sitting there in the wild. Therefore, our brains evolved to love and crave this fatty taste, because it was so rare and energy-rich. But now here we are, kings of the earth as Hank put it, with all the carbs that we could possibly need one McDonalds away. So of course we are going to crave these foods which cause diabetes and obesity, because our brains simply have not had time to adapt to this new carbohydrate-filled, fatty diet in the past 50 years or so it has existed.
      However, in the case of drugs such as alcohol and heroin, they induce pleasure in a way that is very different to junk food, by directly altering dopamine levels in the brain at the synaptic level.

    • dweezel theyounger
      dweezel theyounger 2 года назад

      +Daniel Broderick

    • Daniel Broderick
      Daniel Broderick 2 года назад

      +dweezel theyounger Makes no difference, 6000 years isn't very long for evolution to catch up

    • dweezel theyounger
      dweezel theyounger 2 года назад

      +Daniel Broderick They weren't Are you sure about that? Humans have cultivated the opium poppy and used the resin from its flowers as a medicinal and recreational drug since at least the time of the ancient Sumerians 5500 years ago in what is today known as Iraq. Pot is similar - with a long history, and alcohol goes back even further than that. Junk food? Well maybe. It's only been around since the 40's if you consider McD's to be the first appearance.

  • 0NeonCreeper0
    0NeonCreeper0 2 года назад

    our brain prefers more of a good taste so when the brain sees broccoli noooo

  • Jasper Turck
    Jasper Turck 2 года назад


  • Jayson-Anthony Curtis
    Jayson-Anthony Curtis 2 года назад

    I chose the fries because I don't like carrots... If it was broccoli instead, screw fries!

    -the only broccoli loving twelve year old in earth.

  • Zachary Stephan
    Zachary Stephan 2 года назад

    hank seems mildly intoxicated in this episode...

  • Winston Toskavich
    Winston Toskavich 2 года назад +32

    "we're kings of the freaking earth"~Hank 2012

  • FrozenTvDinner
    FrozenTvDinner 2 года назад


  • Matt Jensen
    Matt Jensen 2 года назад

    How does the body know to induce the feeling that you can't breathe when you're running out of oxygen?

  • Albannie Parris
    Albannie Parris 2 года назад

    You know how we get urges for certain foods? Do you think that would be caused by lack of minerals contained in the certain food ? And if so, how would that account for the fact that we don't like some foods at all? Do we have enough of it in our bodies that we don't need the minerals and therefore our body rejects the thought of that food or is it just the design of our taste buds?

  • Uganda Knuckles
    Uganda Knuckles 2 года назад

    Your brain is like YEASSH. Your body is like NOO

  • Al Radi
    Al Radi 2 года назад

    hanks is too awesome!!

  • Sad Adioz
    Sad Adioz 2 года назад

    The carrot looks and french look like they have stayed out in a month

  • Sui Kwok
    Sui Kwok 2 года назад

    I always ask for one more lettuce in my burger, keeping healthy! ^^

  • Arielis zapata
    Arielis zapata 2 года назад +1

    i love mcdonald chicken nuggets

    • Arielis zapata
      Arielis zapata 2 года назад +1

      SAMEEEEEE!!!!! their soooo gooood

    • Daniel Broderick
      Daniel Broderick 2 года назад +1

      My god they are so good and a 20 pack contains your entire daily amount of fat which makes me feel extremely guilty but I'll eat them anyways

  • Dávid Kertész
    Dávid Kertész 2 года назад

    I would totally go for the carrots. I love carrots.

  • Misha Wu
    Misha Wu 2 года назад

    after shooting this video... "gimme the fries" 😂😂

  • TheOskar09
    TheOskar09 2 года назад

    can you do a video about low-carb vs high-carb?. from the research i've done i have come to the conclusion that a high carb low fat diet is better for the human body and brain than LCHF.

  • No One
    No One 2 года назад

    you re full of shit geek

  • Light 1988
    Light 1988 2 года назад

    What specie were the genius homos?

  • Wayne Lu
    Wayne Lu 2 года назад +1

    FRIES!!! CARROTS!!! Oh my... Why don't you just make carrot fries?

    • Wayne Lu
      Wayne Lu 2 года назад

      +Samuel Brassard Hahah!

    • Wayne Lu
      Wayne Lu 2 года назад


  • Morfeus
    Morfeus 2 года назад

    What? I answered carrots!