Are You Obsessed With Food Porn?

Is one obsession better than the other?

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The kind of porn that most people think of when they hear the word, is for me, problematic at best. Yes, I believe people should be able to express their sexuality in any way they see fit — as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else — and if that means filming themselves having sex, so be it. Morally, I don’t have an issue with nude photos or explicit videos. I think the human body is wonderful in all its forms and activities.

But, you can’t enjoy porn without considering the damage it does. First, you have to acknowledge the link between sex trafficking and the porn industry and the disgusting and abhorrent abuse of children, undertaken to supply pedophiles and degenerates with explicit media.

You can’t discount the damage that porn does to young people by giving them false and unrealistic ideas about consent, sexuality, and the sanctity of a woman’s body.

I know, I know, I’m a killjoy who sucks the fun out of everything, but after abusing porn as a young man, I’ve had time to consider the part that porn played in the sexual dysfunction I experienced throughout my life.

But, this essay isn’t about that kind of porn, it’s about an obsession with a healthier and (as I age) more exciting type of porn that involves one of the things I enjoy most in life.

I’m talking about food porn.

How I Got Involved with Porn

After coming back to Facebook from a month-long social media purge, I tried to figure out what the platform could offer other than being in constant outrage mode by scrolling through all the political memes and trollish comments by Trump supporters.

First, I found the Medium Facebook groups, which many of you knows is a love/love relationship. Then one day, I clicked to watch a video and saw something that fascinated me:

It was a fantastic video by Li Ziqi that chronicled a day in her life as she gathered food from around her farm and cooked it for her family. It didn’t take me long to not only obsess over the dishes she creates but the simple feel of the videos and her presence on screen.

Later, I found Dianxi Xiaoge, who took this idea of home-grown Chinese cooking to the next level with awesome cinematography and beautiful scenery.

I never dreamed I would find anything I enjoyed watching as much.

Then I found Mikey Chen from Strictly Dumpling who travels around the world eating all different kinds of food — from street food right here in my home in the Philippines:

to fast food at the fanciest McDonalds in Hong Kong:

Who knew that you could not only find this content on YouTube but Facebook video as well. Mikey is very popular and I’ve gone on many an adventure with him while sitting in my PJs in bed. He is one of the huge reasons why I want to travel around Asia eating street food until I can’t walk.

Then, I stumbled across the channel that would become my greatest obsession of all. Taking food porn to the next level, Taste Life offers a look at the best food prepared in the most interesting ways. I mean, can you look at this video from AlmazanKitchen and not get hungry:

When I relax and take a break between writing essays during the day, nine times out of ten, I am watching a food video. Who knew I could become so giddy from watching people cook and eat food?

Side Effect: I Am Hungry All The Time

Imagine lying alone in bed in the dark watching porn. It works for both kinds of porn we discussed in the beginning. But, instead of looking at videos of naked frolickers, I would be hungry in the dark, staring at videos of grilled squid and Dim Sum.

I’m hungry all the time!

Watching all these videos has the unforeseen effect of me heading out to the kitchen in search of something delicious to ease the gurgling in my stomach. If there is noting for me to grab that is healthy, like fruit, or a carrot, I will go for the chocolate or bread.

If I don’t get these cravings under control, I won’t be able to get out of bed at all. I need to find some exercise porn to even everything out.

Now, the smell coming from the kitchen is a heavenly combination of pork, onion, and ginger, so I know my wife is making something to eat for lunch. It’s bound to be some savory Sabaw (Filipino soup) with rice (of course) because its part of the way she wants me to eat.

This is one diet I can get behind. If I am going to have an obsession with food porn, at least the delicious food I eat can be healthy.

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