Why am I Always Hungry? Could you be Addicted to Fast (& Junk) Food?
Is it possible to be physically addicted to fast food & other junk foods? Do you always feel hungry or like you have a food addiction? Here we will discuss the reasons why you could be addicted to fast food & other junk food
How can I tell between ‘Healthy’ and ‘Unhealthy’ foods?
Unfortunately, it is not always that easy. The food industry have dirty little tricks up their sleeve in hiding dangerous chemicals and ingredients in commonly consumed foods. What’s worse is they try to portray some of these foods as ‘healthy’ putting “claims” on the packaging such as ‘natural’ or ‘99% fat free’. You may be thinking that you are making healthy choices, but your health efforts may be sabotaged by these common “health foods”. We all know how addictive junk food & fast food can be, but can we really be ‘addicted’ these types of food?
Can Food Actually be Physically Addictive?
Watch these videos to find out the truth about whether food can be physically addictive
Reasons why Junk Foods are Addictive:
#1 Refining & Processing of Foods
#2 Low amount of nutrients
#3 Low in Fiber
#4 Cravings for Sugar
#5 Rapid Blood Sugar Swings
#6 Addictive Food Chemicals (eg. Caffiene & MSG)
Summary from the video
Quite literally, the food chemicals in some foods are known to cause an addiction-like process in your brain. These chemicals include:
- Excito-toxins (eg. MSG)
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Unnatural flavours
These substances are incredibly addictive. If you were to get to a point where for a significant period of time you avoid junk food, you will stop having those really powerful cravings for those foods.
Do you really want to continue to be scammed & mislead by these big food companies? They don’t care about your health… but you should! You have the power to do something about it today!
Here are some of the Addictive Ingredients that Food Manufacturers Use in their Foods
The damaging effects of these ingredients is real and are commonly found in many of the foods available in the supermarket. Certain ingredients purposely put in many junk & fast foods can cause you to be more hungry & become addicted to those particular foods. One of these ingredients include, the most dangerous ingredient – ‘trans fats’
Trans fats are a type of fat not usually found in nature but can be made artificially. Consumption of even a small amount of these chemically modified fats has been shown to lead to an increased risk of heart disease. It is considered one of the most dangerous fats you can eat because they behave like saturated fats, raising bad cholesterol but are more damaging because they also lower good cholesterol
Eating even a small amount can wreak havoc on your body and cause all kinds of horrible health issues. Small amounts of trans fats are also found in some meat & dairy products but are, by far, not as damaging as trans fats created by industrial processes. This is the process of adding hydrogen to vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated oil), making the oil solid at room temperature so that it has a longer shelf life – and is what makes them more dangerous
Tips to Avoid Trans Fats
- If ingredients contain ‘partially hydrogenated oil’, it contains trans fats. Don’t be fooled when a food label says “zero trans fats” as it is allowed that any food product can make this claim, as long as they contain less than 0.5 grams per serving of this toxic ingredient. They simply lower their portion sizes and add more fat-storing trans fats. Remember, ANY amount is dangerous to your health and is essentially poisoning your body! Isn’t this shocking! And the saddest part, most of you are not even aware that you are consuming these toxic trans fats
- Some restaurants & food chains use partially hydrogenated oils in their deep fryers – you can never really know for sure what oils they are using, even if you do ask – avoid eating foods where you may not know what oils have been used
Trans Fat in your Food
Trans fats are found in many food products we most commonly crave, including:
- Deep Fried Foods – French Fries, Doughnuts, Fried Chicken
- Commercially Baked Goods – Cakes, Cookies, Crackers, Pastries & Pie Crusts (shortening contains trans fats)
- Snack Foods – Potato, Corn & Tortilla Chips, Microwave Popcorn
- Creamer & Margarine (some countries, like NZ, do not put trans fats in their margarine)
- Cinnamon Rolls & Frozen Pizza Crusts
These hidden trans fats can add up quickly, especially if you eat several servings of multiple foods per day
High Fructose Corn Syrup
There is another ingredient that you want to steer away from which is ‘high fructose corn syrup’ (HFCS) also found in many processed foods and is especially high in soft drinks!
HFCS are corn syrups that have been converted from glucose to fructose. It is used because it is a cheap alternative to sugar and it is sweeter, but definitely not natural. Evidence has shown that consumption of HFCS can lead to obesity, metabolic disturbances, diabetes, cancer, damage to the immune system, and speed up the aging process and can even contain mercury
Common Foods that contain HFCS include:
- Soft Drinks
- Breads, Cereals, Breakfast Bars
- Lunch Meats
As you can see, HFCS appears in many unexpected food products, some that you may even consider to be ‘healthy’. Make sure you check the ingredient list for ‘high fructose corn syrup’
Reasons why HFCS is so bad
1. High amounts of any type of sugar leads to obesity (increasing your risk for several diseases)
Sugar is sugar. The more sugar you consume, no matter what form it is in, may eventually lead to weight gain & obesity. However, HFCS may increase your risk further due to functioning differently in the body than cane sugar does
2. HFCS is processed differently in the body than Cane Sugar
A common myth is that HFCS is ‘natural’ (because it contains corn), but is far from being natural. Cane sugar takes more time to break down in to it’s simple sugars, whereas HFCS is rapidly absorbed & the fructose goes straight to the liver, triggering fat storage. There is a condition called ‘fatty liver’ and can result from this process. The glucose that is rapidly absorbed also spikes ‘insulin’ levels – our body’s major fat storage hormone, causing metabolic disturbances. Both of these factors increases the risk of developing obesity, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cancer and other diseases
3. HFCS contain harmful contaminants, including Mercury
The FDA does not regulate levels of these contaminants but it has been found that HFCS may contain toxic levels of mercury
4. HFCS is almost always in highly processed foods which are not good for your health
Eating foods that contain HFCS are usually calorie dense and nutrient poor foods & also contain many other harmful ingredients such as artificial additives, colours and preservatives. These foods often lack vitamins, minerals, fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants & phytochemicals. Reducing overall intake of any type of sugar can drastically decrease health risks
We are consuming HFCS and sugar in quantities never before experienced in human history – 140 pounds a year compared to only 20 teaspoons a year 10,000 years ago
Avoiding These Nasty, Toxic Ingredients
Luckily, there is a way to avoid these hidden ingredients:
- Avoid any foods with health claims or anything in a box – eating raw foods that have no labels and contain only a few ingredients that you can recognize is an easy way to avoid these harmful ingredients
- Learn to read food labels to help you identify whether a food product contains these ingredients
With a little education & planning before heading to the grocery store, you will be making much healthier food choices – without going on a strict diet or having to buy expensive “health foods”
Once you learn more about the foods you are eating, it’ll be like a breath of fresh air, knowing that you are giving your body the right ‘ingredients’ and nourishing your body. Think of it as a vacation for your body and making these changes to FEEL better, the weight will drop as a bonus
Watch this video to help you understand hunger a little better and what ingredients can contribute to increased hunger
To Summarize this video, these are the nasty ingredients that contribute to increased hunger (addiction)
#1 Refined Sugars – found in many processed foods and beverages – sugar is like a drug!
When reading food labels, these can be found under carbohydrates – listed as sugars, as well as being listed in the ingredients list – any word with ‘-ose’ at the end or contains the words ‘syrup’, ‘cane’ or ‘sugar’
#2 High fructose corn syrup – As pointed out earlier, highly prevalent in soft drinks and can contribute to sugar addiction & obesity
Slowly get yourself off soft drinks by drinking less gradually overtime, replacing with diluted fruit juice to curb sugar cravings. Then aim to only drink water once you have overcome this sugar addiction
#3 MSG – Still a misunderstood ingredient but best to avoid this ingredient found in many processed foods
Listed as ‘monosodium glutamate’ in the ingredients list
#4 Artificial Sweeteners – can actually cause sugar cravings because your brain does not register them as sugars
Avoid artificial sweeteners, they are NOT a healthy substitute to sugar. You want to obviously limit the amount of refined sugars you consume but it is best not to replace them with artificial sugars as there is arising evidence of harmful effects on your body
So, does this make you angry & frustrated?
Luckily, you have the power to know how to identify these toxic ingredients & can choose not to purchase these foods. Do you really want to be supporting these sneaky food manufactures who are fooling you and actually be making you more addicted to their foods by the addition of these ‘addictive’ ingredients? Learn how to read food labels and make the majority of your diet consist of fresh, whole foods. This is your best bet to ensure you lower your intake. Eliminate foods high in these toxic ingredients – they are toxic to your health!
Studies are painting a disturbing picture about the impacts of these ingredients on our health. You are responsible for your own health, don’t allow these food companies to trick you in to thinking you are choosing healthy options – you deserve to know what you are really buying