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Reasons why you're hungry every now and then !!

Sometimes you eat food cos your parents probably told you not to leave the table till your plate was clean and then years later you just love eating snacks, treat yourselves to dessert or probably love to dine at restaurants 7 days in a week. Well, all this points out to the fact that your really hungry and now you just looking for the easiest way of stuffing yourselves with delicious mouth-watering food.

But the truth is are you really hungry to eat food or are you simple craving to eat delicious food. Is your hunger getting in the way of your health,? Well sometimes sit just may be the reason why you love devouring every tasty snack you lay your eyes upon. Can hunger actually make you behave in a different way, can hunger change your attitude? Are we really hungry, when we just finished a satisfying meal only a few hours ago? Well, let's find out sure can.

Hangry !! Hungry first angry next. Does your hunger raise your anger !!

How many time have you yelled at someone who brought you the food you didn't like or say it wasn’t tasty like your expected it would be. Or maybe you're just too hungry so you’re angry. Sure most of us have lashed out during that particular food mood.

It has been found that when a person experiences the feeling of hunger and then eventually give in to anger is because there is something else happening inside your body which might force us to act that way. The change actually occurs when there is a slight drop in the blood sugar and involves responses involving a combination of biology, personality, and environmental cues.

Researches have even proposed a new word to describe the phenomenon of both these traits taking place simultaneously and have named it something called – Hangry. The two likely things to determine one’s hangriness are – context and self-awareness.

A person going through this feeling of hangriness could very well behave in the following manner

    • Feeling hangry usually happens when you feel unpleasantness due to your hunger and then vent out those feelings as if they were strong emotions against certain people and in certain situations.
    • The more hangrier the individual is, the more likely they perceive unpleasant things quickly as it makes them draw on their hunger feelings, unless if they were present in pleasant or neutral situations.
    • Not just environmental cues, but emotional awareness also matters, which means that some people who feel their hunger is taking over their emotions are likely to become less hangry.
    • Sometimes people may start accusing people of being too harsh or rude when they’re hangry. Truth is, it wasn’t the other person’s fault, its just the hungry/angry guy who sort of perceives everything as annoying including people which causes him to lash out.

Researchers conclude by saying that this may be all part of a mind-body connection. Human bodies can play a powerful role in altering our moment to moment experiences, perceptions, and behaviors. Situations, like being hungry and being full or being tired/having a good night’s rest, could all determine a person's mood or attitude.

This means that it is important we take care of our bodies and pay attention to other bodily signals and not discount them, because they may very determine our

    • psychological health,
    • social relationships and
    • work performance.

The research was carried out by Jennifer MacCormack, MA a doctoral student in the department of psychology and neuroscience and Professor Kristen Lindquist, Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Food tastes stronger when you’re hungry !!

You do realize that basically everything you eat when your hungry is ten times tastier than things you eat when you aren’t hungry. Well is some cases, the chef may have tried something new or probably added in a little flavor but most of the time its just you being over excited when you see something delicious, you start taking big bites and naturally praise the food. But the truth is you were just too hungry to notice it was all you.

Hunger could increase your ability to taste, by increasing the sensitivity of the taste receptors on your tongue or by changing the way you perceive the same taste stimuli.

In an experiment carried out by researchers, where volunteers took a meal and after a certain period they were told to drink separate solutions containing, sugar, salt and quinine (both of different concentrations) and to inform the scientists when it tasted sweet, salty and bitter. It was found that -

    • people were more sensitive to the presence of sugar and salt in their drinks only when they were hungry.
    • And an empty stomach did not change the individual's ability to recognize bitterness.
    • The researchers conclude that this happens because of the varying nature of tastes than tells us what to do next
    • So salty and sweet are indicators that the food is edible and are likely to trigger the feeling of consumption in
    • Whereas a bitter taste indicates that the food isn’t something that can be consumed and drives us to reject the food or even make us spit it out.

The research was carried out by Professor Zverev from the University of Malawi.

Pictures of Food creates the feeling of Hunger !!

Don’t you feel so helpless when you’re hungry and you’re standing next to a Domino’s Pizza - Cheese Pizza Poster? How you wish you could just take a single sniff of the cheese, and then maybe a bite or a slice. Okay maybe just a medium pizza, how about a Pepsi with some extra french fries. Okay here’s where you draw the line, now you may or may not be that hungry but the people who designed that poster deserve to be applauded for having successfully and artificially instilling the feeling of this unnecessary hunger in you. It does have another word actually, it’s called carving.

Craving is sort of like, your not that hungry but yet you are somehow convinced that you are very hungry and upon the sight of something or the thought of a tasty snack, you consider really delicious, could now make you give in to this hunger that you seem to have no control of.

Researchers have now found out something scientifically for the first that men of the church believed in for quite some time. The mere sight of delicious food could stimulate the appetite. In a documented study, it was found that the amount of neurosecretory protein hormone ghrelin in the blood increases as a result of visual stimulation through images of food. And as the main regulator, ghrelin controls both eating behavior and the physical processes involved in food metabolism.

Other than physiological mechanisms for maintaining the body’s energy status, environmental factors can also have a specific influence on food consumption. Which is why in some countries where visual media plays a huge factor in food advertising, it is the place where the highest number of obesity reports have been recorded.

It has also been found that in addition to the physiological regulatory circuits for the maintenance of a sufficient energy status fro the body, external stimuli like the smell or the sight of food could also influence our feelings of hunger and eventually persuade us to resort to our eating behavior. The danger is that the exposure to such visual images will result in our consumption of food that is not needed just to maintain the body’s energy status was particularly high in a society dominated by advertisements.

In an experiment carried out by researchers, where volunteers were shown images of delicious food and non-edible objects to test their physiological reactions. The concentrations of different hormones in the blood like ghrelin , leptin, and insulin levels were also measured. It was found that the concentration of ghrelin in the blood increased specifically in response to visual stimulation with the food images.

Researchers have concluded that the release of ghrelin into the blood for the regulation of food consumption is also controlled by external factors. The brain processed these visual stimuli, and the physical processes that control theses perceptions of appetite are triggered voluntarily. So in other words even if you had your breakfast, a few hours later you might even have the sudden urge to have a jumbo burger just by looking at a photo. Scientists recommend that individuals who may already be going through weight issues avoid looking at pictures of junk food or foods rich in fat.

The research was carried out by Axel Steiger and his research group at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry.