NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Almost everyone has experienced late-night cravings or eaten more in a single sitting than they may have intended, but certain foods can actually increase the likelihood of overindulging."In general, its foods that are digested very quickly," says Jamie Pope, a registered dietician and instructor of nutrition at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She explains that these foods don't take much effort to eat and are less difficult for the body to break down, leading to spikes or dips in blood sugar that can increase your appetite and make you feel hungry not long after they're consumed.
|Foods that don't take much effort to eat and are less difficult for the body to break down lead to spikes or dips in blood sugar that can actually increase your appetite.|
Ramen noodles are a staple among college students because they're easy to make and rather inexpensive, but they won't do anything to satisfy your hunger. In fact, thanks to the fact these products typically contain the flavor enhancer Monosodium glutamate in their flavoring packets, they just might be making you hungrier than you were before you ate them. According to Nicole Kuhl, a certified clinical nutritionist and director of nutrition at holistic medical group LifeSpan Medicine, the adverse health effects some people associate with MSG are still open to debate. MSG has been shown to increase appetite by inducing an insulin response, though, an assessment is supported by numerous studies linking the ingredient to obesity in humans as well as in rats and mice. "It drops your blood sugar," Kuhl says, explaining that this leads to cravings as your body seeks to restore its sugar levels. Potato and tortilla chips
MSG is also a popular ingredient in many types of potato and tortilla chips, including many varieties of Doritos and Pringles. It is also commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats.