The Importance Of Hunger In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Hunger can cause the human body to make conclusions that they would not have on a full stomach. In Night by Elie Wiesel, he proves the point numerous times. Elie among others loses sight of his ethics due to human nature, needing food. During the Holocaust, the prisoners in concentration camps would risk their lives for an extra crust of bread or ration of soup. The captives of the Holocaust had to acclimate to their surroundings and do anything they could for food. The need for energy can cause a human to make ignorant decisions, thus allowing for a loss of their personal values. Scientifically, you should not make long-term decisions while hungry. Students at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden studied if it is smart to make a decision when you are ravenous. A hormone that is made in the gastrointestinal tract, called ghrelin enhanced their study. Ghrelin is released when your body is searching for food as energy. When you are no longer hungry, the manufacturing of ghrelin halts. Ghrelin is also associated with drug and alcohol intake. The researchers at the University of Gothenburg examined rats. Yes, rats are not humans, but they can display human-like behaviors. When an extra amount of ghrelin was inserted into the rat, they would go against their regular impulses to gain a quick amount of sugar instead of waiting a little bit longer for a larger, more substantial prize. A very much known phrase is you should never go food shopping while you are hungry. We all have
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