When hungry, where do you turn to?
People who haven’t eaten for many hours, turn to high-calorie food like starches and proteins, but not vegetables, once they can satisfy their hunger.
Fasters end up eating extra of whatever foods they choose to chow down on first, at that meal.
This carries a message for anyone who goes for long spans of time without eating, like people fasting before a blood test, or people who don’t get a snack break. So, in a hospital canteen for instance, vegetables and other healthy foods must be more convenient, visible and enticing.
That might encourage people to pick healthier foods if they haven’t had a chance to eat for several hours. We must become more aware of food choices we keep onhand.
(Archives of Internal Medicine June 25th 2012)