Deciding to eat intelligently is a step in the right direction when it comes to living a long healthy life. But it is only an early small step. You can get tripped up even with the best of intentions.
Eating right is not as easy as it sounds. Time magazine recently produced a page entitled 9 Foods that make you hungrier.
It seems that “’The sight, smell, or taste of some foods will trigger the cephalic food response,” according to Dr. Belinda Lennerz, an endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Eating a small amount of anything around meal time will probably goose your appetite rather than mellow it out. But some foods are worse than others.
“Potato chips are a prototypical “processed carb.” So are refined white or wheat breads, crackers, and other grain-based snack foods. When you swallow refined carbohydrates, your blood sugar levels shoot up. “The body’s reaction to this is to release a large amount of insulin to normalize blood sugar,” Lennerz says.
“Insulin drives that blood sugar—the energy your body derives from food—into “storage,” says Dr. David Ludwig, a professor of nutrition at Harvard. Since that energy has now been locked away, your hunger for food screams back with a vengeance.
To read the entire Time item click on the link above and you will be able to add some useful facts that will aid in controlling your appetite and weight.
Suffice to say that they also give details on why zero calorie sweeteners and diet sodas wreak havoc on your taste buds and your brain’s reward centers.
You can check out my Page – What’s wrong with soft drinks? for a good rundown on these.