Chewing Gum from 14 Foods That Are Secretly Making You Hungrier

14 Foods That Are Secretly Making You Hungrier

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14 Foods That Are Secretly Making You Hungrier

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Avoid excess calorie intake and prevent health hazards by simply educating yourself on the foods that make you hungrier. Then take the necessary steps to limit these foods in your diet and change your lifestyle habits.

Processed Cereals

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“Processed cereals and breakfast bars increase blood sugar levels and fat storage,” Connie Rogers, Certified Integrative Nutritional Holistic Health Coach, Published Author and Speaker, says. “These sugary carbs rob our body of energy and leave us craving for more food within an hour of ingestion.”

Salty Foods

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Salty foods such as chips or pretzels containing MSG can make us eat more,” Rogers says. “These foods trick our taste buds and our brain cells into eating the entire bag.”

Alcohol

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“Alcohol can cause us to let our guard down and indulge in foods we don’t normally eat,” Rogers says. “Willpower can go out the window.”

Diet Products

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“Diet products do not help us to lose weight. They actually cause weight gain,” Rogers says. “These sneaky fake sugars contribute to the obesity epidemic.” Aspartame is found in diet sodas and foods that secretly increase our motivation to eat more, she adds. “This is because diet sugars cause addictions, binging, and cravings.”

Chewing Gum

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Believe it or not, chewing gum actually makes you hungrier. A study found that instead of suppressing appetite, it tends to induce people to eat more junk food like cookies, chips and candy.

Trans-Fats

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“Trans-fats have a desirable taste, leaving us wanting more, all the while increasing our risk for heart disease,” Rogers says. “Trans-fats are found in hydrogenated vegetable oils, fried-foods, popcorn, canned foods, pizza, pie crust, cakes, frostings and more.”

High Fructose Corn Syrup/Corn Syrup

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“High Fructose Corn Syrup/Corn Syrup is found in processed foods,” Rogers says. “HFCS disrupts metabolism and slows leptin (which is our stop button) that tells us when we’re full, increasing our desire to eat more.”

Chinese Food

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You’re not imagining it, Chinese food does make you hungrier. This could be because of its high glycemic load, according to thechinesequest.com. “It spikes your insulin, you get full fast, and then you crash and need more food.”

Refined Sugar

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“Refined sugar found in products such as cakes, biscuits and pastries could cause blood sugar highs and lows leading to cravings and the need to eat again quickly,” says Nutritionist and Chef Zoe Bingley-Pullin. “If [you’re] looking to regulate appetite, definitely not the best choice.”

Commercial Fruit Juice

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Many of the store-bought fruit juices that we see on the shelves in the grocery store don’t offer the proper nutritional benefits. “Fruit juice more often than not has the fiber stripped away and fiber is necessary to slow down the absorption of sugar in fruit,” Bingley-Pullin says. “Drinking fruit juice without fiber can cause a quick rise in blood sugar and provide little sustenance.”

Artificial Sweeteners

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“Artificial sweeteners contain very little energy and when consumed trick the body into thinking it’s going to receive food,” Bingley-Pullin says. “The body is then geared up to receive food so will feel excessively hungry if not provided real food.”

Soft Drinks

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“Just like foods containing refined sugar, soft drinks can spike blood sugar levels quickly which is followed by a sudden drop in energy and increased hunger,” Bingley-Pullin says.

White Noodles

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“White noodles are made from refined white flour and are low in fiber, just like refined cereals, [they are] not likely to help control appetite,” Bingley-Pullin says. “White noodles may also be high in sodium and may cause excessive thirst.”

MSG Containing Foods

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“Monosodium L-glutamate (MSG) is used as a flavor enhancer in Asian cuisine, soups and processed meats,” Bingley-Pullin says. “MSG can interfere with insulin and blood sugar regulation, causing an increase in hunger.”