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The science of HANGRY

Being angry when you’re hungry isn’t a character flaw – it’s a scientific phenomenon, explains weight loss scientist Amanda Salis

HAVE YOU EVER SNAPPED angrily at someone when you were hungry? Or has someone snapped angrily at you when they were hungry? If so, you’ve experienced ‘hangry’ (an amalgam of hungry and angry) – the phenomenon whereby some people get grumpy and short-tempered when they’re overdue for a feed.

But where does hanger come from? And why is it that only some people seem to get hangry? The answer lies in some of the processes that happen inside your body when it needs food.

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In this month’s Healthy Food Guide our experts look at the latest research in lowering your cancer risk. We investigate the science of why hunger makes us angry, and share our best-ever healthy gluten-free baking tips for sweet treats that won’t disappoint. Plus, makeover chocolate muffins, Anjum Anand’s lighter India supper and simple meals with artichokes. Available to download now.