Ever heard the Snicker’s tagline?
“you’re not you, when you’re hungry”.
Believe it or not
this is completely true
Do you get cranky often or snap and later regret it?
Do you have an attitude until you eat?
You might be suffering from hangry
You might be saying, “han what? That’s not a real word.”
But it is.
The 2017 Merriam Webster dictionary defines “hangry” as an adjective
that describes being irratable due to hunger
in other words, you get irritated or angry when you’re hungry
The carbonhydrates, fats and proteins in the food you eat convert into glucose
which is a type of suger
These nutrients enter our bloodstream
and all distributed to our brain and organs
As time passes, our blood glucose levels start to diminish
If these levels decrease too much,
then our brain perceives this as “life threatening”.
Our brain uses glucose as fuel
Even though it only accounts for 2% of our body’s mass
it needs approximately 23% of our energy intake
If glucose levels are low, the brain will start getting grumpy
另外 血糖低的时候 体内的器官会分泌一些应激激素 比如糖皮质激素
Additionally, our organs release stress hormones like cortisol when glucose levels are low
This alone changes our mood drastically.
Genes also play an major role in hangry
Our genes release a chemical called Neuropeptide Y and receptors like Y1
Both NPY and Y1 regulate anger in the brain
An increased level of these in the brain contributes to sudden anger
Basically, hangry is a survival mechanism.
In the past, our ancestors couldn’t just chill and wait for food pass by them
They had to do something in order to not die from hunger
Fortunately for us, there are foods to snack on when hungry
nuts,fruits, tuna and crackers,
chips and guacamole,Greek yogurt with granola， or fruit hummus and veggies avocados
or even oat milk can keep you calm until your next meal.
The trick here is to eat foods that contain protein, fiber and antioxidants
Protein is an organic compound that consists of long chains of amino acid
Protein helps maintain blood glucose levels
and allows different brain regions to communicate effectively,
which in turn, improves your mood
Fiber is a plant-based nutrient
that helps move food through the digestive track
This is important
because it allows our body to eliminate substances we don’t need
Without enough fiber in our diet
we get clogged up
which, affects our mood negatively
Antioxidants are compounds that delay cell damage
meaning they keep our body and mind healthy
It is important to avoid junk food
Because even though it calms your anger
但是 它也会让血糖飙升 这样你撑不了多久就崩了
it will generally produce an increase in blood glucose that will make you crush quickly
Eating when you’re hungry isn’t always possible due to our busy schedules
不过 可以随身带些健康零食 饿了嚼两口
But you can try to keep healthy snacks near you to munch on
Remember: you’re not you when you’re hungry
When was the last time you were hangry
Do you eat only when you’re hungry,or do you snack in between meals
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