Appetite (from Lat. Appetitus). Instinctive impulse that leads to satisfying the wants or needs.

Appetite is the desire to eat food, felt as hunger. Appetite exists in all higher life forms, and serves to regulate adequate energy intake to maintain matabólicas needs. Is regulated by a close interaction betweenthe digestive tract, adipose tissue and brain. (wikipedia)

The definition can say whatever it wants but for me, appetite sometimes is a punishment. I know that from nutritionists’ point of view is a warning from our body is telling us that it needs food.

It is well known that food is engaging, foods you can’t resist, like chocolate, candy, snacks, saturated fats or coffee. This is because their ingestion stimulates brain areas related to addiction and brain reward mechanisms. Hence, we succumb to its charms with greater devotion when we feel a bit down. Pero what happens when appetite becomes a torment and go after us at any time of day.

I’m not going to make a psychological analysis to the appetite we have, but we will find solutions to identify and decrease and food to help us fight this!

What is appetite and how to control it

  • Pineapples from Pine Tree: Recent research has shown that fatty acids are present in this kinds of pines that initiate the release of a hormone that suppresses appetite and is called pancreozymin. To eat it you can sprinkle it on salads or mix them in a daily pesto.
  • Hot Food: Make it clear that is warm to the touch and not spicy. According to research by the Research Foundation of the Smell and Taste in the U.S. city of Chicago, the aromas released by hot food make you feel full faster to affect your satiety centers in the brain.
  • Green leaves: Iceberg Lettuce, spinach, romaine lettuce, cabbage and other leafy greens are almost all free of calories. And in most cases, have fewer calories than simply burned in digestion.
  • Olive Oil: Researchers at Cornell University have discovered that during meals when we spread our breadwith olive oil instead of butter, ate less and ate about 52 fewer calories overall. Although not sure what it is, they believe that this oil has an ingredient that makes the meal more filling.

So there you have, feeling hungry is not bad, it’s our body telling us it has need that has to be satisfied, but we need to educate ourselves to eat what’s right at the right time as well.