CURB YOUR HANGRINESS
So what can we do to curb our hangriness other than carrying emergency snacks around? Dietician Jenna Taylor recommends steering clear of processed carbohydrates such as white bread and pastries and opt for healthy fats, wholegrains and protein instead. “Foods to keep ‘hanger’ at bay include oats, wholegrain toast with egg or avocado, unsweetened
yoghurt, high-fibre fruits, dried beans, lentils, and pasta with tuna or salmon,” she says. There’s no particular body shape that means you’re more likely to get hangry.
“If you’re obese, for example, and your brain is not receiving the signals from the body that it’s full and your brain thinks
it’s constantly hungry, it then might also be feeding into parts of the brain that make you grumpy,” Dr Andrews explains.
The good news is that your tendency to become hangry could be an indication of a strong survival instinct.
“We are designed to consume food, have enough
food to find a mate and pass on our genes,” says Dr Andrews. “You might say that those who are more hangry are the ones that evolution
has naturally selected to survive, because the stronger the desire for food, the more likely you are to go out and find food, and therefore, not