Study: Sunlight May Trigger Food-Seeking Hormones in Humans

Recent research, published in the Journal Nature Metabolism, suggests that ultraviolet light (UVB) in the sun’s rays can stimulate the release of hormones in men which leads to food-seeking behavior and increases food intake.Study Sunlight May Trigger Food-Seeking Hormones in Humans

For the study, the research team analyzed dietary data from around 3,000 people ages 25–64 who were followed for 12 months within the National Health and Nutrition (MABAT) survey. According to analysis, men eat an average of 300 kcal more over summer months, compared to women whose calorie intake remained more constant (1,507 kcal vs 1,475 kcal) all year round.

Dr. Mir Ali, bariatric surgeon at Orange Coast Medical Center, CA, who was not involved in the study, comments on the study results: “Gender differences are very common when it comes to hormones and metabolic changes. Men and women have different hormonal responses to many different types of triggers and the underlying hormonal balance is also different.”

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