If you’re hungry don’t go shopping

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

If you’re starving, guess what? When you go to the market, you’re much more likely to food that’s higher in calories. Be sure to have at least a small snack before going to the grocery store, because you’re less likely to choose food that’s bad for your health.

clockHow do we know this? A study at Cornell University got 62 people together to test this theory. Half of them didn’t eat anything 5 hours before going food shopping, while the other half were given Wheat Thins or crackers to snack on. The ones who went to the market on an empty stomach bought more high-calorie food than the ones who had eaten snacks.

Also, it looks like what time you go to the market also affects your choices, since people are hungrier during certain times of the day. The people who went to the market between 4 pm and 7 pm (which is at least a few hours after lunch and close to dinner time) bought higher calorie food than the people who went between 1 pm and 4 pm (which is not too far away from lunch). See, if you just had lunch, you’ll be fine for a few hours between 1 pm and 4 pm. But if it’s been a few hours since lunch and you haven’t had dinner yet, like between 4 pm and 7 pm, your hunger is going to affect your shopping decisions at the market.

So, next time you or your family need to visit the supermarket, make sure you’ve had a little something to eat beforehand. Better yet, go right after lunch or dinner!