Have you had a delicious meal but your stomach is full after the main course? Then there is always dessert. We seem to have a loose stomach for sweets. This is somewhat true. We explain.
Expansion of the stomach wall
Our stomach works like a balloon. If the stomach is empty, it is not large. When we eat and drink, turn it off. The extent to which the stomach can expand depends on the pressure in the abdomen and how far the stomach wall can stretch. 2 Norwegian scientists researched this. They have identified 3 factors that lead to an enlarged stomach. This happens when you see and smell food, what other foods are already in the stomach and the duodenum plays a role. This information is sent to the brain, which in turn sends a signal to the stomach to relax. Many sweets contain sugar or glucose. This has the same effect on the stomach. Relaxes the stomach.
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Thinking of candy
says Marieke de Witt, nutritionist and lifestyle coach at Food Group Utrecht women’s health Just thinking about sweet food causes the stomach to relax. “You’d think you’re full from your hot plate, but a relaxed stomach ensures that dessert is always right. You just have to think about it.” Thus it actually “creates” a sweet stomach. She also says that since childhood, our bodies love sweet and fatty foods. “As a baby, you are fed milk which is made up of sugar and fat. A special blend of nature and intended to allow the infant to grow quickly.”
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Earlier in 2022, Anouk Hendrix of Maastricht University investigated why we always have room for sweets. “There is an explanation for this and it is called sensory satiety,” she says in MAX News Weekend on NPO Radio 1. While eating, you become imbued with sensory properties such as taste, texture and smell. “The food will bore you a little. It makes you think you are full, but when the dessert comes to the table, you still have room for it because it has a different taste and texture.”
Several factors play a role in why there is always room for dessert. Our stomach lining expands at the thought of dessert. We are conditioned by sweets from an early age. The different taste and texture of the candy also makes our stomachs want to make room for something extra. Do you have an appetite for dessert? Take a look at our different dessert recipes.
(Source: RTL Nieuws, Willem-Wever, Women’s Health, NPO Radio 1. Photo: Shutterstock)
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