“You are not you when you are hungry”
But what is actually “hanger?” How does it work? Is it real? And if one is hangry should they grab a Snickers?
Turns out the hanger is real.
Here is the science behind why we get hangry:
“When we do not eat, blood sugar goes low,” explains Deena Adimoolam, MD, an assistant professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Bone Disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. When your blood sugar falls, the hormones cortisol and epinephrine are released in an attempt to raise it back to normal. But those hormones also happen to lead to irritability, which explains why you’re so crabby when you skip breakfast. Another hormone, called Neuropeptide Y, plays a role in hanger too, adds Dr. Adimoolam. Neuropeptide Y helps create a hungry feeling when your body needs more food—and it’s also linked to aggression.
So what do should one do when they’re hangry?
- Don’t eat sugary snacks like cookies, candy, chocolate and pastries because these foods will spike you blood sugar which will lead to another crash in the future.
- Do try to go for healthy snacks like vegetables, or fruit or yogurt.
So as delicious as a Snickers bar might seem, it might not be the best idea to have one when you’re hangry (but keep the commercials coming because they’re great 😂)