Every woken up in the night and just craved something to eat? Maybe you’re just like Nigella Lawson and creep downstairs to the fridge in the middle of the night. Whatever it is, food – or the lack thereof – can play amazing tricks with our brain.
Let’s be honest, we all know we won’t waste away if we wait until morning, but there is also a sense that we are having withdrawal symptoms from food when we wait. This is because we know that food does so much more than merely keeping us alive – it makes us happy.
A study by the University of Turku in Finland shows that eating releases endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are hormones that are released in the brain that produces pleasure, and eating stimulates the brain’s endorphin-rich opioid system – the system that regulates eating and appetite.
The study found that eating delicious food gave more pleasurable feelings than eating a bland nutritious meal, but the bland nutritious meal releases more endorphins.
So what’s the meaning of this? Simply put, tasty nutritious food makes you happy – and your brain is craving it. We’ve shown in previous posts that curry can actually be good for you, and our menu has some fantastic choices if you want a tasty nutritious meal. (as well as something if you want a treat!)
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