I do my best thinking in the bathtub, or during long-distance drives by myself. Today i had just put down my book in preparation for soaping up, when i started to notice the music coming from my husband's office television, where he was obviously watching another episode of "Band of Brothers." I got to mulling over series we've watched in the past couple of years....
When you first start watching a program that's reasonably well-crafted, you get interested in the novelty and roped in by the human desire to get to know the "people" (characters) involved. Behind the scenes are all the emotionally-manipulating techniques the industry uses to hook you into becoming a regular viewer. Depending on certain things you start NOTICING the manipulation, and if i becomes significantly annoying you cease to patronize the product.
So it is, i feel, with processed foods. I may be attracted by the novelty, if convinced that it's not an intrinsically bad product (like lowest-common-denominator TV shows), and give it a sporting chance of winning me over. Certain reduced-carb (or intrinsically-low-carb) foods come to mind. But if i'm feeling particularly analytical (or sensitive) the manipulative aspects of the product begin to irritate or cloy or ... just rub me the wrong way!
The fact that novelty is attractive is the basis for changing clothing fashions as well as other aspects of daily life. People who want to sell you something find a shortcut to your affections through novelty -- whether it be a distinctive flavor combination or a less-trodden literary path or (in my theme today) an opportunity to eat something we usually prefer to deny ourselves. The attempt to manipulate you is usually perceptible if you eat/watch/listen mindfully. If you KNOW the tricks being played, it's less easy to lead you down the garden path.
...Like with LC, gluten-free, acceptible-ingredient-filled processed stuff. As an occasional treat, there's nothing wrong (for ME*) with enjoying a little "charming garbage." OCCASIONALLY. The mistake is in doing it "just this once" every single day, or using it instead of actual FOOD, or being unaware of just what is going on.
* i don't have a chronic problem with trigger-foods, but realize it can be a BIG issue in some; they have my sincere sympathy!