Food porn is satisfying

Why Food Porn is So Satisfying?

You’re guilty of lusting after food porn and you know it.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all do it.

Food porn is a phenomenon across the globe. Anything that inspires sensual pleasure can be addicting and food is certainly programmed into our psyche to be nourishing and sensual.

What is food porn?

When the world of food and photography meet, with sexy lighting and thoughtful positioning, we have  “food porn”, an Internet slang term that is used to describe glamorized photographs or videos of desserts, drinks, appetizers, meals and pretty much any other kind of food, large or small.

Yes. You definitely heard that right and…

Everyone is doing it.

If you often take a photo of food first instead of  savouring its mouth-watering taste, you are one of the people who are certified food porn enthusiasts. You’ve seen this, haven’t you?

Food porn photo snappers

While many consider this act as undesirable, millions of foodies around the world, common people, bloggers and travelers take their own photos of food to share in various social media networks, showing off their juicy burger, fancy prix fixe dinner, unusual foreign food or their cocktails. “#foodporn” is one of the most frequently used hashtags on Instagram. 

Last year, BonAppetit made videos of common foods with slow motion and sexy music, creating the ultimate food porn innuendo.

Here’s today’s #LoveWeek #foodporn video–stirring dairy into iced coffee. As always, we do it in slow motion. #videogram

There are several online sites that are focused on nothing but food images. This implies that food porn truly brings satisfaction to people, both to those who take the photo and those that look at them.

Why does food porn bring satisfaction?

Before your taste buds actually savor the goodness of a delectable dish, the first part of the human body that “eats” is the eyes. Attractive, juicy, and colorful food looks incredibly tantalizing.

Scientists report that just looking at the food you like activates a part of the brain that controls drive and pleasure, the same part of the brain is also responsible for addictive behaviors. And that correlates closely with your intense desire for food.

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We are biologically addicted.

You look at food and your brain starts a chain reaction of flowing juices to your stomach and increasing salivation. The brain is stimulated and decides to enjoy the creative and inviting appearance of the food, thus leading a person to take photos of it and consequently print it or post it online. Creative food porn images stir up the intensity of craving over certain kinds of food. When a person sees how good a particular food looks like, he/she develops a great hunger for such dish.

It reflects the beauty of life

Food is an integral part of human living. Everyone eats. However, there is more than munching these delicious foods on every platter.

It may also lead a person to appreciate the value of life. Some people who have a great appreciation about life show it by appreciating food. One way they show it is through food porn.

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 “I find both beauty and honesty important in a photograph, and look to capture images that reflect both the loveliness and reality of life”

-Food blogger Nik Sharma  (also the writer of ‘A Brown Table’)

In this statement, he implies that taking photos of food is actually not to be ungracious to it but to bring out how food may define the beauty of life. This is another reason why people who post different types of foods over the Internet try their best to come up with the most creative and beautiful picture of any dishes.

Drink Porn may be a lesser known but still very popular off-spin of food porn. What is drink porn exactly? Just like sounds: pictures of fabulous drinks that show off that you’re living the good life. Smoothies, wine, pretty cocktails, a summer tea, an iced latte with a stainless steel straw; just about anything works for a nice drink porn photo.

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Food porn has really brought satisfaction to millions of people worldwide. This can be attributed to the psychological impact of great-looking food to people as well as the ever-changing cultural orientation on how to appreciate beauty. One thing is true. This practice has really been bringing joy to many people.

Are you guilty of food porn?

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