Eating When You're Not Hungry Is Dangerous For Your Health

First Posted: Dec 31, 2015 11:14 AM EST

In today's people are constantly tempted to eat at all hours of the day, since food is readily available just about everywhere in traditional societies. A new study at Cornell Food and Brand Lab is shedding light on eating habits based on the availability of food instead of eating when one is actually hungry. Convenient foods like potato chips and cookies are hard to resist and they are always available, this is where vending machines come in handy for your stomach but does no good for your heath. Eating when you are not hungry could be quite harmful to your health.

In their study, the researchers found that consumers in today's society often eat when they are not hungry, which is "less advantageous for health than eating when they are hungry." The researchers had 45 undergraduate students who participated in the study. Initially, the participants were asked to rate the level of their hunger, they then consumed a rich carbohydrate meal.

The participants' blood glucose levels were then measured in order to determine how the meal affected the participants' health. The resulted showed that participants who were moderately hungry before their meal had lower levels of blood glucose after they had a meal compared to those who were not particularly hungry before they had a meal. The researchers concluded that it is healthier for an individual to eat when he or she is moderately hungry instead of when they are not hungry. High levels of glucose is damaging to the body's cells.

The findings of this study were published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research.

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