Eating When You Are Not Hungry Is Bad For Your Health – Researchers Say

Posted: Dec 30 2015, 9:11am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


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A new study titled “The Behavioral Science of Eating” and published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research has pointed out that eating when you are not hungry is bad and might be damaging to your health. This is according to researchers from Cornell University Food and Brand Lab.

The researchers established that educated people living in cities and in contemporary societies consume more food – because they are readily available and designed to inviting to the eyes and tantalizing to the palate – than people living in rural areas.

Since the abundant availability of tasty chocolates, potato chips, and bacon double cheeseburgers among others surround the average city dweller, they tend to eat at all times and when they are not hungry – something researchers have pointed out to be bad for their health.

About 45 undergraduate students were recruited to participate in the study. They were asked to note their level of hunger before being allowed to eat a food high in carbohydrates. The researchers measured the blood glucose levels of the participants at regular periods after the meal.

The researchers discovered that the blood glucose levels of the participants rose dangerously after a meal of carbohydrates – and this could harm cells in the body - if the individual ate when he was not too hungry. But the opposite is the case if the participants got very hungry before consuming a carbohydrate meal.

Since individuals have minimal blood glucose levels if they consume meals when they are very hungry, the researchers discourage eating when not hungry. This research establishes the fact that it is better and healthier to eat when individuals are hungry than when they are not hungry or in the natural mood to eat. 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
Charles is covering the latest discoveries in science and health as well as new developments in technology. He is the Chief Editor or Intel-News.




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