Feeling hangry? There’s actually science that explains why
Every human who’s ever waited an hour or two too long for lunch knows that being hangry is a very real thing.
But what does science say about the phenomenon that makes us all feel a little cranky once our tummies start rumbling?
Until recently, not too much. But Simon Oxenham wrote for his column Brain Scanner, which “sifts the pseudoscience from the neuroscience,” according to New Scientist, that there is evidence that feeling hangry is a real, physical thing.
According to Oxenham’s research, it’s all about blood glucose, which gets lower and lower the longer we go without eating. When it’s at a low point right before a meal, it can trigger the release of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, as well as a chemical called neuropeptide Y, which is shown to make people lash out aggressively. Sound like anyone you know who’s gone too long without a snack?
There have also been studies that have shown, albeit…