I just choked down a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, made with oats from the big red can (not the packaged kind) and sweetened a little with splenda. It tasted a little like glue; the consistency resembled a second grade craft project gone awry. I know oats are very good for me, with as many healthy benefits as the oatmeal can claims, and they are on the current South Beach diet food list. That doesn’t make me like my breakfast choice. I wonder what in our psychology makes us crave junk food rather than healthy food. Is it a survival mechanism? I know studies have shown sugar placed on the tongues of babies can alleviate pain. Maybe our nerve receptors are screaming for sugar. Maybe it is the lure of the forbidden, the desire of something we can’t have. Maybe it is simply that junk food tastes better since it is created with ingredients and chemicals designed to make us eat it in large quantities. Whatever it is, I would rather have had a heaping plateful of pancakes with butter and maple syrup than my oatmeal. This is the quandry for all dieters: choosing what’s best over what you want.