If our stomach growls louder, does it mean we’re actually hungrier?
“It’s louder more when there’s nothing there to muffle sound, not so much that we’re actually hungrier.
Does it still signify some sort of warning?
“Basically our bodies pretty much run on autopilot, we’re the ones who stop things from working correctly. So our stomach knows when we’re hungry and it’s time to eat, and it needs calories and fuel to keep going. To alert you to this, it keeps tearing itself even when the food isn’t there, so if your mind and body is hungry, things will preemptively start moving and you’ll hear it.”
What’s actually moving around in there?
“The sounds we hear in our stomach is the sloshing around of the GI contents of the fluids that are in there; it’s not like there are joints making those noises, it’s just that actual contents passing through you.”
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Liz Newman is a freelance writer for Thrillist, and her stomach is growling right now. She clearly needs some cushioning in the form of a Saratoga club from Parm STAT. Tweet her its coordinates at @lizn813.