Really Hungry? Don't Gobble Starches!

If you're a meal-skipper (tsk tsk!) or a serious dieter or someone who fasts now and then for religious reasons, watch out for a tendency to overload on starches when you eventually eat. A recent study done at Cornell University and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who had been food-deprived reached first for dinner rolls and French fries rather than the protein and veggie choices in a serve-yourself buffet. What's more, the overly-hungry participants filled up on the carb-laden foods and had little room left for the healthier items on the menu. The trend was stronger for women than for men.

Lead author Brain Wasniak, PhD, and his team wrote: "Importantly, starting their meal with a particular food led all participants to consume 46.7% more calories of it . . . In general, [food-deprived people] will be most drawn to starches and will eat them instead of nutrient-dense vegetables . . . Even relatively mild food deprivation can alter the foods people choose to eat, potentially leading them to eat starches first and most."

Forewarned is forearmed. When your stomach is rumbling, don't say yes to "Do you want fries with that?"  



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