Ever noticed that sometimes when you feel hungry and eat, the foods you’re eating actually make you feel hungrier than you were before?
Well, Nutritionists have helped identify these nine foods that can make you feel hungrier—even when your stomach is totally stuffed.
High fructose corn syrup (commonly found in buns, condiments, and desserts) are absorbed by the GI tract quickly, causing insulin spikes and even bigger hunger pangs.
Also, fast food’s huge helpings of salt can spur dehydration. And with symptoms that closely mimic those of hunger, it’s easy for dehydration to trick you into thinking you need to go back for more.
Juices are healthy drinks which contain all the sugar of your favourite fruit, but none of the fiber-containing pulp or skin.
Implying that drinking a glass of juice can shoot your blood sugar levels up—and then back down again—bringing on hunger. It is better advised to blend a smoothie using whole fruit instead, and mix in a scoop of protein powder or nut butter to help balance your blood sugar and boost satiety.
Alcohol can deplete your body’s carbohydrate stores (called glycogen), causing you to crave carbs in order to replace what was lost.
Again, alcohol doesn’t just lower your healthy-eating resolve, it downright makes you hungrier. A research on alcohol shows that just three servings can slash your body’s levels of leptin—a hormone designed to squash hunger and keep you feeling full—by 30%.
Cereal can be a smart way to start your day. Whole grain or bran cereals that contain at least 5 grams of fiber and less than 5 grams of sugar per serving is quite good for your body but…
Morning starters like white flour with a generous dusting of table sugar, may cause blood sugar and insulin swings. Nutritionists say eating such a high carbohydrate load in the morning when cortisol levels are at their highest is a double assault to your metabolism
Nutritionists opine that the white flour used to bake white bread has been stripped of its outer shell (the bran), which depletes the grain’s feel-full fiber content, spiking up your insulin levels after eating it.
In a recent Spanish study, researchers tracked the eating habits and weights of more than 9,000 people and found that those who ate two or more servings of white bread a day were 40% more likely to become overweight or obese over a five-year period compared to those who ate less of it.
Just like white bread, white pasta when overloaded in your body, your pancreas goes into overdrive churning out insulin, and soon you’ve produced so much of the sugar-managing hormone that your blood sugar levels are low and you’re ravenously hungry.
Also See: How To Remedy A Meal With Too Much Salt
Artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and others) whether they are in your diet soda or sprinkled in your coffee, excite your brain cells, making them think they are about to get a sweet serving of energy (aka calories), and then let them down.
It has been proposed that artificial sweeteners cause insulin spikes just like real, calorie-packed sugar.
Pizza which is made of a combination of white flour dough, hydrogenated oils, processed cheeses, and preservatives can throw off your blood sugar levels, production of satiety hormones, and hunger-regulating regions of the brain.
But pizza made with whole-wheat dough and topped with lean meat, lots of veggies, and just a sprinkling of cheese, will give you a fiber- and protein-packed meal that’s less likely to have you reaching for more food in an hour.
Its more common to have a craving for something sweet once you finish a salty snack because your taste buds and brain link fast-acting energy with sweet foods. According to nutritionists, chips, pretzels, and salty snack mixes are little more than quick-digesting simple carbs, which can spur insulin highs and subsequent lows.