The result of candy day is most often a fuss and a bad conscience. Why is delicacy so difficult for Finns?
Carpet, squabbling, squabbling, pigs. What kind of images do these words evoke?
Not very positive, although they describe a very pleasant thing, delicacy.
At the same time, they describe the Finnish way of delicacy: so much at once that it certainly feels like a whale. There is a bad conscience about unhealthiness and fear of gaining weight.
Last summer, I interviewed a nutritionist who specializes in eating psychology Jonna Heino. After that, I started paying special attention to how we talk about delicacies.
According to Heinonen, it is tragic that we make delicacy for ourselves in two ways, when it should be one hundred percent enjoyment.
Why do we do this to ourselves?
According to Heinonen, we often behave with food as unconsciously as animals.
If the delicacy is limited to candy day, the craving will be strengthened and the delicacy will become routine. In that case, one should not think about whether the mind is really doing delicacies, but eating because of the habit. The candy is also patted in the mouth at such a rate that it does not stop to be tasted.
If you stopped, you might notice that your taste buds get saturated with the same-tasting delicacies pretty quickly. At a certain point, the mouthful doesn’t taste as good as the previous one.
When you could stop there, you would be prevented from feeling unwell.
Candy bags however, the composition often prevents satiety. When the delicacies are different in taste and mouthfeel, the sense of taste is not enough.
And then there is a bad conscience and fear of gaining weight.
Delicacy has its place as part of a healthy and flexible diet. Still, many label the delicacies as unhealthy in black and white. And if you’ve ever dropped calories, you’re sure to be startled by the number of calories in your treats.
However, the body is not a machine that would consume and store energy according to our calculations. Even if you pull gourmets once a week, the weight will hardly increase.
Few knows that the roots of the collective carrot and candy day concept date back 50 years of history.
The 1970s were the golden age of preventive health education. The purpose of Candy Day was to prevent cavities in children’s teeth.
In addition to learning toothbrushing and flushing fluoride solution in schools, MA Numminen and Seppo Hovi recorded a hilarious song in collaboration with the Finnish Dental Association today Only eat candy on Candy Day.
The lyrics of the song warn that candy should never be eaten other than on Candy Day – otherwise your teeth will go into a condition of not being able to laugh in public.
Eating candy is also said to have the effect of not tasting food. And when the food doesn’t taste good, it becomes sore and becomes a bedridden patient.
In the end, the song makes a concession that you can eat a lot of candy on Candy Day.
We show still slaves to health education in the 1970s. No need to wonder where the delicacy once a week comes from.