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Video: Eating When Not Hungry Can Damage Your Health

Update Date: Jan 02, 2016 08:42 PM EST

So there is immensely attractive and delicious food everywhere. Still do not give in to a temptation to consume it all, for eating when you are not really hungry is not healthy, according to researcher David Gal from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in a press release.

A team of 45 undergraduate students was put through a test, in which every one of them was asked to rate his or her hunger and then eat a meal with a high level of carbohydrates. Then, to gauge the impact of the meal on everyone's health, their blood glucose levels were assessed at regular intervals after they ate their meals. Blood glucose levels tend to skyrocket after eating carbohydrate-rich meals, which can damage the body's cells, and is not a healthy option.

Hence, people who said that their hunger levels were moderate, tended to show "lower post-meal blood glucose levels", compared to others who reported that they were not too hungry before their meals.

If you have low hunger levels, then, you should not give in to food stimuli.

The findings were published in Dec. 18 issue of the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research.

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