When It Comes To Your Metabolism, Is It Mind Over Matter?

When It Comes To Your Metabolism, Is It Mind Over Matter?

The nutrition labels on the foods you're eating may be doing more than just informing you-they could be persuading your mind and body. Alia Crum, a psychologist at Columbia University, spent years studying the placebo effect, and applied it to an experiment with healthy foods. She held an experiment in which she poured identical milkshakes into two differently labeled cups. One cup read "indulgent" while the other said it was a healthy drink. In the "indulgent" drink, the levels of ghrelin in the body indicted the body "thought" it had drunk about three times the amount of milkshake it actually had consumed.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The hormone ghrelin is called "the hunger hormone" by those in the medical field. (1:01)

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    When you have a big meal, your ghrelin levels will drop to signal to your brain that you've eaten enough. (1:45)

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    When you have a big meal, your ghrelin levels will drop to signal to your brain that you've eaten enough. (1:45)

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