Have you ever woken up after a night of drinking a few glasses of wine or beer, and felt like you just need a burger?
Well, you’re not alone: David Levitsky, Professor of Human Ecology and Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, explains his theory: that fat is one of the most energy-dense foods around, and put simply: sober, you won’t usually give in to that craving, but after a big night of boozy indulgence, your normal will power may become unstuck, and you give in to temptation, Levitsky says.
But another explanation is routed in our brain chemistry, where William Gruchow, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, explains that alcohol intake increases the release of a potent neurotransmitter, called Galanin. “Galanin increases appetite for fats, and consumption of fat causes more galanin to be produced” Professor Gruchow states.
Really? Why does our body have to be so cruel? For, not only are we getting all those ‘empty calories’ from enjoying a few glasses of wine with our friends or work mates, on top of that, it’s biochemically triggering us to want to go binge eat another high calorie food the following day: fats!
“The bottom line here is that alcohol intake increases one’s appetite for fat, and fat intake does the same. This is a double whammy for drinkers who eat fatty foods while drinking,” Gruchow finishes by saying. If you do enjoy a glass, try a glass of red wine aged in French oak, scientifically proven to be the best alcohol available to trigger weight loss, lessen disease and slow ageing.
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