How about some chocolate? Or something salty? What you choose to eat really depends on your feelings.
Emotional eating: salty and bitter
When we talk about emotional eating, the food you crave is linked to your emotions. If you mostly crave salty food, then there’s a lack of stimuli behind it. You want more adventure and excitement. You may be afraid of being flat. You may also be bored and crave a little excitement. This is no accident! After all, most flavour enhancers contain salt.
You probably want the bitter taste the least. It’s the opposite of sweet, quite a “critical” taste. However, regular consumption helps us to keep a balance in our digestion, our lives and our emotional world.
Let’s see what emotions sour, spicy and sweet taste like!
Sour, spicy and sweet
If you’d rather eat something sour, you may have repressed emotions. But of course, it could also just be that you’re lacking vitamin C, or you don’t have enough stomach acid. If you’re craving something spicy, you’re trying to expel some internal, negative emotions. You’re trying to energise yourself both externally and internally.
Sweet tastes are what most people crave. A sweet taste makes you feel loved, safe and unconditionally accepted. And why? Because it’s the taste you’re experiencing for the first time in your life, because you’ve been consuming a lot of lactose as a baby. Lactose – also known as milk sugar – gives milk its sweet taste. And that’s where the sensations we associate with it come from. Plus, breast milk has the most lactose of all milks.
Avian influenza is back in the Czech Republic
A dangerous subtype of avian influenza, known as H5N1, which is potentially transmissible to humans, has been recorded in a district of the Czech Republic, in Příbram. According to Infostart, the outbreak occurred on a backyard farm in the village of Trhové Dušníky, in the poultry yard of a private farmer. According to Czech press reports, the virus was detected in the carcasses of five dead geese. Veterinarians ordered the entire flock of the farmer to be slaughtered, leaving the owner with 16 hens and 11 ducks. The veterinary authorities have ordered emergency measures around the poultry yard.
The origin of the infection has not yet been identified, but it is suspected that the virus may have spread from free-range birds to geese. The district public health department is now investigating who came into contact with the infected animals. The people concerned are not under quarantine for the time being, but will have to undergo a medical examination.
Experts say that while the likelihood of the virus spreading from poultry to humans is low, it is not impossible. “If this subtype of avian influenza spreads to humans, there could be serious consequences. The disease could also lead to fatal illness,” the news portal quotes virologist Jiří Černý as saying, adding that the H5N1 virus is probably spread through the excretions of the infected animal. The primary symptoms in humans are high fever, headache, muscle aches, conjunctivitis. “Around the fifth day, the respiratory failure worsens and the patient dies,” the specialist said, painting a not very encouraging picture.
In the Czech Republic, 37 outbreaks of avian influenza have been detected so far this year, and around a quarter of a million birds – mostly ducks – have been destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease. However, none of the cases detected so far have involved the dangerous H5N1 subtype of the avian influenza virus, which is also dangerous for humans and was last detected in a dead swan in the Czech Republic 14 years ago.