5 Ordinary Foods That Have Surprising Effects On The Body
Rachel Sebastian 8/12/2016
Indulging in our favorite dishes definitely hits the sweet spot, but consuming certain foods can leave behind some pretty interesting side effects.
Our relationship with food has changed with time, as we've become more aware of what we're putting into our bodies. Reading the label is a great way of figuring out what's in your next snack, and according to studies, certain ingredients can affect the way we behave to the way we think.
Control Cravings With Colorful Food
Studies have shown that adding color to a food helps us control overeating. Researchers studied groups of people eating white and a combination of white and red colored chips, and found that people ate 50 percent less chips when they ate the mixture of white and red chips. The difference in color lets us keep track of how much we've eaten, thus stopping when we've had enough.
Drinking Helps You Learn
Turns out, having that happy hour drink after work not only helps you unwind, but helps you learn. That's right, when consuming alcohol, your brain releases dopamine - which is more of a 'learning' hormone rather than a 'happy' hormone. This helps your brain take in information on a subconscious level, so the higher the levels of dopamine, the more receptive you are to learning.
Margarine May Make You Mad
The butter alternative can affect your mood for the worse. It contains dietary trans fatty acid, which is also found in other foods like cakes, cookies, french fries and frozen dinners. Researchers have found that consuming high levels of dTFA relate to a more irritable and aggressive person.
Heat Up To Cool Down
Have you ever wondered why people living in warm climates, such as India, drink hot tea? It's because drinking a warm drink triggers your body's natural cooling system, as opposed to drinking a chilled beverage.
Chill Out With Meat
If you were wondering why your husband or boyfriend seemed so relaxed at the recent barbecue, you may have a reason! Researchers were curious of the effects meat had on males, and were surprised at their findings. The studies revealed meat had a calming effect, and the men became relaxed after viewing photos of meat. This could be credited to hunter instincts, as knowing the target had already been killed relieves any aggressive tendencies.
Making Food Make Sense
Navigating your kitchen can be tricky as it is, but knowing how different foods affect your (and your man's!) behavior and tendencies is helpful. Next time you're reaching for your favorite food, you'll know what you're up against - or how it's helping you.