What’s going on in your brain when you eat curry

By Voujon Stonnall Category: Food Comments: No comment Tags:

It’s 5:30pm, you’ve got out of work and just made it home from your long 30 minute commute. You get out of the car and get into the house, and there’s one feeling inside: hunger. You probably ate a sandwich at your desk 4 hours ago and now you are absolutely starving. You also realise that you’ve got another 2 hours before dinner is ready and you start to get ‘hangry’ – being both irritated and hungry at the same time.

Know the feeling?

Let’s be honest, we all know we won’t waste away if we wait an extra two hours, 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 new 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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