Does Food Taste Delicious When You Are Hungry? Explains This Research

You must have noticed that when you're hungry, you also eat tasteless savoury food. Let us tell you why this happens. 


Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograUpdated at: Apr 27, 2020 16:56 IST
Does Food Taste Delicious When You Are Hungry? Explains This Research

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Whenever you have a healthy appetite, whatever you eat, you find it delicious. In such a situation, even if you dislike the food, you eat it. But have you ever thought about the fact that why this happens? No? So let us know what the reason behind the fact that scientists have discovered is. According to a study published in the journal Nature Communications, this happens to you when you are craving to eat something, or you are too hungry.

In this case, the electrical activity in your brain changes, and you do not choose in terms of food. Thus, at that time, you like whatever you get to eat. When a person is hungry, his tongue recognizes the taste of sweeter than bitter. That is why you do not observe the feeling of eating plainly because you are not considering it at that time.

How has the study done?

The team of researchers from the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan, performed this study on mice. In the study, he kept the rats hungry and found that when a mouse is hungry, their brain changes the function of taste buds. After analyzing the features of the mind, they found that a small part of the brain, named 'hypothalamus', controls certain functions including appetite and emotional reactions. These veins control the taste buds of mice.

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"These neurons are found in the hypothalamus, which is a part of the brain. It plays an important role in appetite regulation." The study's lead author, Jean Fu, said, "We selectively activated these neurons in mice to see if they affect taste perception on an empty stomach or in fasting conditions".

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In this study, researchers also said that manually switching these preferences allows a person to control their appetite. It is especially beneficial for obese people to control their eating habits. Because in general, our body likes the sweet taste. This is because it contains calories, which is converted into energy and is positive for the body. On the other hand, bitter or tasteless food is disliked because your body thinks negatively that something is not right.

In humans, like mice, these neurons become active when the person is hungry, and then it becomes easy for them to eat tasteless food.

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