Why Are You So Hngry After Chinese Food?
- Gary Woods
Oh, the aroma of Chinese food. The worst possible thing for a person who is trying to stick to a healthy diet. It’s been a running joke for quite some time now that eating Chinese cuisine, regardless of how satiating it may be at the moment, will guarantee that you’ll be hungry an hour after you’ve finished eating it.
Nevertheless, it would appear that there is a constant truth behind this phenomena. Why, out of all the other types of cuisine, is Chinese food singled out as the one that’s supposed to be to blame for this unexplained and never-ending hunger? Even while there isn’t any rock-solid scientific proof to support this particular claim, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Index of Glycemic Content The glycemic load of a Chinese dinner is the most likely culprit behind early feelings of hunger after eating Chinese food. The average Chinese cuisine has a large amount of added sugars (we are all big fans of that orange sauce), as well as straightforward carbs like white rice and white flour.
These kinds of carbs, which have a propensity to be high on the glycemic index, will most likely cause your blood sugar levels to soar for a short period of time; but, after they return to their normal levels, you will feel even hungrier than you did before you ate them. These rises in blood sugar lead your insulin levels to spike, which in turn lowers your blood sugar level down excessively quickly.
You will now have low sugar, which will trigger the production of ghrelin, which is the hormone that causes hunger. Sodium It is quite unlikely that you will discover a Chinese meal in an American Chinese restaurant that does not include a significant amount of salt.
Now, we are well aware at this point that an excessive amount of sodium can be harmful to the health of certain individuals; however, what does this have to do with feeling hungry? Recent research has shown that humans frequently mistake our thirst for hunger, despite the fact that salty foods have a tendency to make us thirsty.
Therefore, if we consume a meal that is high in sodium and experience severe thirst afterward, it is probable that we will also experience sensations of hunger. The bottom line? If you want to enjoy Chinese food without having to deal with the feelings of hunger, we suggest the following: Rice consumption should be limited to one cup per day, ideally brown rice.
Does MSG help with weight loss?
An umami flavor chemical known as monosodium l-glutamate, or MSG, may be a crucial molecule connected to a food intake signaling system. This route may be mediated by a specialized l-glutamate (GLU) sensing mechanism in the gastrointestinal tract. This idea is presented in the abstract.
In the present study, we studied how the spontaneous consumption of a 1% MSG solution and water affected the amount of food consumed and total body weight in male subjects. Sprague-Dawley rats were given diets that varied in terms of their calorie density, amount of fat, and amount of carbohydrates. In addition, measurements were taken of the fat mass and lean mass in the abdominal region, as well as blood pressure and a number of metabolic indicators in the blood.
No matter what kind of food the rats were fed, their preference for the MSG solution ranged from 93% to 97% when they were given unrestricted access to both it and water. When compared to rats who consumed only water, those that consumed MSG had a much lesser increase in body weight, a reduced amount of belly fat mass, and lower levels of plasma leptin.
- The use of the MSG solution had no effect on the subjects’ naso-anal length, lean mass, food and energy intakes, blood pressure, blood glucose, and plasma levels of insulin, triglyceride, total cholesterol, albumin, or GLU.
- An investigation with adult rats found the same effects to be present.
- These findings imply that use of MSG leads to a reduction in weight growth, as well as a lower body fat mass and plasma leptin level.
In addition, it is highly likely that these changes are being mediated by an increase in energy expenditure, rather than a decreased calorie intake or delayed growth. These effects of MSG could be mediated by gut GLU receptors, which are functionally related to afferent branches of the vagus nerve in the gut, or the afferent sensory nerves in the oral cavity.
Does MSG make you full fast?
A recent scientific research study that was published in the reputable American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that the popular umami taste – which can be imparted by monosodium glutamate, or MSG – can actually make you feel fuller and more satisfied, therefore having the potential to curb your appetite and reduce total calories consumed.