Is Ramadan model of intermittent fasting related to hedonic hunger?

Tengilimoglu-Metin M. M., METİN Z. E.

Nutrition and Food Science, vol.53, no.3, pp.646-655, 2023 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1108/nfs-05-2022-0166
  • Journal Name: Nutrition and Food Science
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), CAB Abstracts, Communication Abstracts, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, Hospitality & Tourism Complete, Hospitality & Tourism Index, INSPEC, Metadex, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.646-655
  • Keywords: Food craving, Hedonic hunger, Power of food, Ramadan fasting, Subjective appetite feelings
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022, Emerald Publishing Limited.Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine hedonic hunger at the end of the Ramadan fasting. Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected by the Power of Food Scale (PFS), Food Craving Questionnaire-Trait (FCQ-T) and the Visual Analogue Scale. All data were taken twice at the beginning and end of Ramadan fasting. Findings: A total number of 105 volunteers (43.8% female and 56.2% male) participated in a cross-sectional study. Ramadan fasting associated with PFS food tasted sub-factor, whereas no association was found on PFS aggregate and other PFS domain factors. Participants had higher PFS food tasted domain score at the end of the Ramadan fasting than before Ramadan fasting (p < 0.001). Total FCQ-T score as well as all sub-domains did not differ significantly. Females desired to consume carbonated beverages more, whereas in male (p = 0.04), ice cream was the most craved food. Originality/value: The findings of this study provide data to the literature about the relation between Ramadan fasting and hedonic hunger. Ramadan fasting appears to have an influence on pleasure at first bite. The effect of Ramadan fasting on hedonic hunger should be tested with larger samples and controlled trials.