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Need Better Health? Eat Only when Hungry

Update Date: Dec 31, 2015 09:27 AM EST

If you have a habit of munching something between meals even if you are not hungry then this can be harmful for your health. This habit often satisfies the taste buds but can affect your health, says a new study. In modern societies, it is a common practice for people to eat more due to availability of tasty food as opposed to the traditional ones who only ate when they were hungry. Extensive advertising of these foods too tantalizes the consumers and tempts them to eat. However, the findings of the new study carried out by David Gal from the University of Illinois at Chicago indicate that it is better for the individuals to eat when they are reasonably hungry than when they are not hungry at all, reports Business Standard.

The individuals who participated in the study were 45 undergraduate students. They were asked to rate their hunger levels and were made to eat foods that were rich in carbohydrates. To evaluate how the food was affecting the health of the participants, the blood glucose level was measured at periodic intervals after the meal was consumed. After eating carbs, the blood sugar levels tend to go up and it is considered healthy for the blood glucose levels to rise in small amounts as the elevated glucose damages the body cells. The results of the study revealed that the individuals who ate after being moderately hunger before meals had lower blood glucose levels as compared to the individuals who were not really that hungry when they ate the meal. The study was published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, as reported by Zee News India

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