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10 facts about hunger, which you did not know


The generation that lived through difficult times of war, recall with horror that hungry time. Then there was a shortage of food, long queues and sugar coupons. For those who remember these times, hunger is something terrible, frightening. Fortunately, times have changed. At least in our country have the opportunity to earn a piece of bread, or a sandwich with sausage, eggs. Moreover, many practice fasting. Now hunger few people are scary about it, write articles, conduct scientific experiments. So we made for you an interesting selection of facts.

10. In Ancient India, the "collectors" affects debtors hunger strike

Special texts in India are religious in nature (sastra) is allowed to "knock out" money from debtors using starvation . Can be used short-term food refusal, abhijana. If this method did not help, the lender started priu, i.e. the hunger strike to the death. He came to the house of the debtor and sat there for as long as he didn't pay. If desired, could bring spouse, children, and even servants. If the hunger strike did not help, the lender died. It was believed that he was killed by a debtor, for which he had to bear the responsibility, not only moral, but also legal.

9. One eighth of the world is starving

Despite the fact that the achievements of civilization are huge, some problems still remain unresolved. So, still suffering from hunger more than 1 billion people every 8 inhabitant of the planet suffers from a lack of food. The largest number of hungry people in southern Sudan, where food is scarce and 70% of the population. Slightly more than half of residents (51%) suffer from hunger in Kenya. Almost caught up with these figures, Nigeria, where the number of hungry people – 47%. Scientists have found that feeding these poor African country without spending a single penny. The food that is constantly thrown out by citizens of other countries, it would be possible to feed all the people of Africa suffering from hunger.

8. Starvation is the most dangerous method of weight loss

Many would like to get rid of excess weight, but not to spend for it forces and time. The easiest way is the refusal of food. A person does not eat, but he needs energy to move, to breathe, to work the internal organs. But if the outside is not received macro and micronutrients, the body is forced to somehow "get out". To get the necessary for life, it "eats" itself, ie it destroys the muscle. In the end, the person loses weight due to the breakdown of muscle tissue. Due to the lack of vitamins and minerals deteriorates the condition of skin, hair, nails. Appears anemia, which person gets tired quickly, complains of weakness. Reduced immunity, i.e. you can easily pick up any infection. When starving start eating again, the body emerging from the shock, go into the accumulation mode, i.e. shortly extra pounds will be more.

7. The body can go without eating for only a certain time

A long hunger strike could end in death. Scientists do not conduct experiments that would help to determine how long a person can survive without food, because they are inhumane. Therefore, there are no confirmed data, all information is obtained from random sources. It was found that without food you can survive up to 2 months, provided that there is access to water. And at dry hunger strike people die within 8-10 days. A lot depends on age and gender. Older people may last longer, because they have a slow metabolism. According to statistics, first from hunger will die, young people 15-17 years, then men. The longest without food are the old men and women. If a person has a fatty layer, it will stretch a few days more.

6. Not to think about chocolate is harmful

Some women, trying to lose weight, trying to forget about sweets, including a chocolate. But research proved that to hide your addiction is not worth it. In 2007, scientists looked into it and got unexpected results: the women who tried not to think about a chocolate bar in the end absorbed the chocolate fifty percent more than those who did not hide his addiction.

5. Three-day fasting renews the immune system

Despite the fact that many scientists are skeptical of the Wellness and fasting, what it helps, is no longer in doubt. Experts from the University of southern California conducted several studies and proved that three-day fasting is useful, especially for the elderly and those who went through chemotherapy. They watched the groups of people who starved from 48 to 72 hours in 6 months. The researchers were able to detect that the experimental decrease in the number of PKA, which is associated with aging and hormone, which causes cancer. They have completely updated the immune system, and damaged and unnecessary cells are destroyed.


The famous phrase uttered the famous doctor from Switzerland Bertola. The researchers believe that during fasting the energy that is usually spent on processing and assimilation of food, leaves for healing and cleansing the body. Therefore, a properly conducted course of fasting helps to detoxify, removes excess weight, normalizes metabolism.

3. There are countries where it is better not to catch the eye of hungry people

So far people have not forgotten about cannibalism. In Papua New Guinea, lives the korowai tribe, eating human flesh. When someone dies, and this death cannot be explained by natural causes, they believe that it is due to magic effects. To save the remaining tribesmen, they eat human flesh. Members of the sect aghori (India) also eat people. But they prefer to eat the insides of dead people, because we believe that it may prolong life. The island of Fiji threat to tourists, here is also eat people, but only to revenge. In Brazil there are places in the high level of poverty, where sometimes there are outbursts of cannibalism.

2. Think about food as good as sex

In 2004 scientists were able to prove that even ordinary thoughts about food contribute to the release of dopamine. It is formed and in that moment, when a person has sex or uses drugs.

1. 30% of pregnant women dream about inedible

Dietary habits of pregnant can come as a shock. About 30% of respondents were willing to eat what is not good for food, i.e. chalk, soap. The study involved 400 women who either already had children, or they were pregnant. Some of them admitted that during an interesting situation pulled them to eat soap, polystyrene, chalk and even the ashes.

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