Why am I Hungry an Hour After Eating?
This loaf of bread has added sugar. Why?
One of my favorite teaching exercises is to go to the grocery store and randomly pick up items to see if they have added sugar.
I post the items on Instagram and ask my audience if they think there’s added sugar. It’s an eye-opening lesson about what’s in the most ordinary foods.
On this day, I needed bread and grabbed what appeared to be the healthiest offering.
1. Arnolds Organic Whole Grain Bread
2. Looks promising.
✅ Whole Grain
✅ Protein, Fiber, And Whole Seeds
3. Let’s examine.
The label reveals the truth.
- There are 3 kinds of sneaky sugars added to this bread.
- 1 slice of this bread means ingesting 4g of sugar.
- 4 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar.
- One sandwich (contents not included) is 33% of your suggested TOTAL sugar intake for the day or 2 full teaspoons of sugar.
What’s the significance?
If you’ve ever eaten a sandwich only to feel hungry an hour later, the sneaky sugars are why.
Sugar is in 76% of packaged foods. It’s in chicken broth, crackers, pre-made meals, and condiments. We are swimming in a sea of sugar and the result is near constant inflammation (and, weight gain, compulsive eating).
It’s injected into rotisserie chickens. Yep.
Sugar stimulates your appetite, even in small doses. It creates a call and response in your gut to eat, trapping you in a vicious cycle of cravings and overeating.
Facing and reducing added sugar is an important part of achieving a healthy weight. That begins with reading labels. All of them.
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