The Doctors: Five Foods That Can Increase Your Appetite
When dieting, we all strive to eat healthier and, more importantly, eat less. However, did you know that there are some foods that can actually increase your appetite? On The Doctors August 24, we learned to top five foods that can increase your appetite and why we should avoid them.
1. Diet Soda
It may be Dr Masterson’s one addiction, but she should really try to give up diet soda. Artificial sweeteners (such as the ones in diet soda) can decrease the seratonin levels in your brain, causing you to crave more sugar, and consequently, more food.
Instead, Dr Stork suggested making your own soda using seltzer and frozen berries or fresh fruit.
2. Fried Chicken
Fried chicken may be a big indulgence, but it may actually cause you to eat more of it than you’d even want. The high saturated fat breaks down slowly in your system, and before you know it, you’ve had several pieces of chicken before you realize that you’re full.
A healthier substitute is oven baked chicken coated in whole-grain cereal. The protein will still make you feel full and the breading is still crunchy and delicious.
3-5. Ramen Noodles, Tortilla Chips, Plain White Bagels
Ramen Noodles, Tortilla Chips, and Plain White Bagels are three foods that share something in common: MSG (monosodium glutemine.) MSG has been linked to an increase in insulin, so any foods containing MSG are going to trigger your brain to want to eat more. Even plain white bagels can cause your insulin levels to surge.
Instead of ramen, go for brown rice and veggies. This can be just as fast, but far healthier. In place of chips and salsa, have some endive and guacamole. For your bagel, simply replace your white flour with whole wheat. A whole wheat bagel is still satisfying, but saves you in both calories and sugar.