Is your perception of your food affecting you more than the food itself?
This super interesting study was done by a clinical psychologist who does research at the Columbia Business School in New York.
She made a huge batch of milkshake and divided it into two lots. One lot she called superlight healthy milkshake and the other batch she called full fat heavenly milkshake. She was measuring a hormone, Ghrelin, that is secreted when we get hungry.
When the stomach is empty, ghrelin is secreted. When the stomach is stretched, secretion stops.a It acts on hypothalamic brain cells both to increase hunger, and to increase gastric acid secretion and gastrointestinal motility to prepare the body for food intake
Remember the milkshakes were the same…
the people who drank the “healthy” milk shake had a threefold increase in this particular hormone.… Compared to the group who drank the supposed full fat option. The hormone increases appetite and urges you to eat when your hungry.
The group drinking the “Indulgence” shake showed less Ghrelin in the blood than the “Sensishake” group as would be expected with the higher calorie content.
Conclusion… how you perceive the foods and drinks you take into your body will tell your body how to receive it. If you believe the food is “unhealthy” then your body will respond accordingly. The information about the food can be far more unhealthy than the food itself.
the mind impacts our physiology…
“Our beliefs matter in virtually every domain, in everything we do,” Crum says. “How much is a mystery, but I don’t think we’ve given enough credit to the role of our beliefs in determining our physiology, our reality. We have this very simple metabolic science: calories in, calories out.”
People don’t want to think that our beliefs have influence, too, she says. “But they do!” Alia Crum (clinical psychologist who does research at the Columbia Business School in New York)