“It’s true that a calorie is a calorie,” Dr. Louis J. Aronne, director of the Comprehensive Weight Loss Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center, tells The Wall Street Journal. “But what that doesn’t take into account is how some calories affect what people eat later on.”
The idea that certain foods disrupt chemical signals in our bodies and cause intensified, unwarranted cravings for food is gaining traction in the scientific field. Research continues to suggest that specific substances in our food cause the suppression of some hormones while triggering others, essentially “tricking” our brains into believing that we feel hungry — even if we’ve just stuffed ourselves.
Here are five food types that you would do best to avoid in order to prevent these kinds of cravings.
1. White bread
White bread is a refined carbohydrate known for triggering food cravings, writes Men’s Health. Many white breads and pastas contain high fructose corn syrup, which deregulates blood sugar, causing spikes and crashes, which in turn activate hunger. It’s been shown that this also triggers the reward and addiction centers in your brain, causing further cravings for processed foods.
In fact, according to WebMD, a recent Spanish study tracked the eating habits and weights of over 9,000 subjects. The study found that those subjects who ate two or more portions per day of white bread were 40 percent likelier to become overweight or obese over a five-year period than those subjects who ate less than one portion of white bread per week. This is, perhaps, because of the cravings triggered by a diet so heavy refined carbs.