10 Things You Should Know About Being ‘Hangry,’ Now A Condition Recognized By Science
During her gold medal run in PyongChang, Team USA snowboarder Chloe Kim tweeted about being hangry. While most of us won’t ever be hangry during an Olympic event, we do know that feeling of annoyance brought about by a lack of sustenance. Here are 10 things you should know about being hangry.
Definitely A Real Thing
A portmanteau of hungry and angry, hangry was recently made official and added to The Oxford English Dictionary’s ever-growing volume of definitions, along with 1,100 other words.
A Boost For Athletes
Some researchers believe an empty stomach may help athletes who aren’t participating in long-distance events. The lack of food in Kim’s system could’ve helped her body maintain focus on her task, instead of trying to digest a meal.
Eating a well-balanced daily diet is the best way to avoid being hangry. Start off with a healthy, low-in-sugar breakfast and be sure not to wait too long between meals.
Those potato chips or a candy bar may seem like an easy fix for being hangry, but it’s not. Junk food will increase your blood glucose level temporarily, but you’ll soon crash and be just as irritable as before.
The Reason Why
Your brain depends on glucose to function, so when your blood glucose level gets low, your brain tells the rest of your body that it needs to refuel. You’ll find it harder to concentrate and you’ll be grumpier until your glucose rises again.
In Our DNA
Other Side Effects
In addition to anger and aggression, there are many other side effects of being hangry: nervousness, weakness, and nausea. Limiting alcohol and caffeine as well as eating regularly can help you avoid these problems.
Older Than You Think
Fun fact: the first known use of hangry (defined as “bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger”) was in a scientific journal way back in 1956.
Hanging In There
Whether it’s a long day at work or a new diet, we may not be able to eat when we’re hungry. Thankfully, our body can regulate itself and start breaking down fat for energy so we’ll make it to our next meal without any long-term effects.
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