Why Do We Feel Hungry?
In a scientific study, our body- the cells in our intestines and stomach, in particular, produces hormones called ghrelin. This hormone triggers our cells to feel hungry. Another cause of hunger is when we lack fat, fiber, and protein in our diet. All of these are essential nutrients which promote the feeling of fullness and they reduce or suppress appetite as well. Even after eating vigorously, if these nutrients are not present in the food you consume, you might still feel hungry.
But if we feel extreme hunger, there is a possibility that we have insufficient sleep and we may have acquired the risk of chronic diseases.
Is It Ok to Feel Hungry?
Based on scientific research, feeling “hungry” is quite normal and is also good for the gut. But it varies from person to person. Feeling hungry for 24 hours and 48 hours is normal. Too much eating may cause obesity and your gut might be in a state of constant digestions. For this reason, you should know to deal with your hunger properly.
It’s inevitable to feel hungry from time to time, especially when we use our body (for work or other activities) excessively. But the feeling of hunger is quite hard to predict. There is a possibility that you will feel hungry in the middle of an important meeting or class. You might need to consume a full-course meal to fill up your stomach, but doing that isn’t possible in such events. Eating snacks such as chocolates or bar snacks is allowed though.
Or if you’re on a diet, you want to avoid heavy meals so your diet will be effective. You also want lightweight snacks to survive and fight that hunger. You just have to know which type of food is the best for you to eat.
In response to this, here are the best snacks to tame hunger:
Bananas are convenient to bring when in a meeting or such. It’s a good food to help you prevent the feeling of being hungry. Bananas- unripe bananas, in particular, are very rich in resistant starch. This makes it an excellent filling that reduces appetite.
Bananas are also good in assessing weight loss. The reason for this is that bananas are low in calories but high in fiber and other nutrients.
Bananas are also flexible. Here are some banana snacks that are easy to make and are guaranteed delicious;
- Banana Chips
- Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas
- Bananas with Peanut Butter
- Sweet and Salty Bananas
- Ginger Banana Chips
2. Peanuts and Peanut Butter
Peanuts and peanut butter are known as “appetite suppressants”. They do not just avoid the feeling of hunger but they can also help maintain muscle mass while you are in the process of losing weight. This food is very rich in minerals and vitamins as well; it’s a healthy food after all. It’s also rich in fiber which promotes good digestion.
Make your peanut more fun. Try these simple yet yummy food items;
- Deep-Fried Peanuts
- Honey Roasted Peanut
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Peanut Brittle Cracked on a Serving Dish.
- Mirchi Ka Salan
3. Dark Chocolate
Based on a study, dark chocolate lowers food cravings and aids the feeling of fullness. If you’re on a diet or in the process of losing weight, dark chocolate is a good support. Even smelling it is also effective. Dark chocolate lowers the levels of the hormone called “ghrelin” which stimulates the feeling of hunger.
Chocolates are also known as happy food and you get the same feeling of being in love when consuming chocolates.
Compared to crackers, when you consume almonds first thing in the morning- together with your favorite coffee, lowers the feeling of hunger. Almonds are also low in carbohydrates which can most likely tame our appetite.
Popcorn is an underestimated food when it comes to reducing appetite. But know that popcorns are good for people who want to lose weight and it has less fat compared to crisps. It’s high in fiber, lower calories, and has low energy density- and all of these are the characteristics of food you need to consume if you’re planning on losing weight.
Fruits such as oranges, apples, and watermelon help to keep the feeling of hunger away. Even if you consume a small portion of these fruits, they will fill your stomach as they are full of natural sugars and fibers.
The mentioned snacks may vary from person to person. It’s best if you try it first by allowing a small portion to ingest. Other food may be effective to others but it might not be to you.