Why does lunch at McDonald’s make me so hungry?
We don’t do it often, but mon mari loves it so we indulge (?) occasionally.
My problem with it is, regardless of what I eat, after lunch I’m tired, I have an intense craving for sweets and 2 hours later I’m hungry.
Not hungry as in ‘I’ve worked hard all day and my body needs calories’ but hungry as in ‘I want to put food in my mouth but don’t know what or why’.
I’d like to place the blame squarely on the broad shoulders of Mr. McDo, but I experience the same effect from eating at any fast food restaurant and most American ‘family’ restaurants.
The most curious part is this: a green salad, with grilled chicken and minimal dressing leaves me feeling less hungry in 2 hours than a Big Mac with Fries or a pepperoni pizza.
And the salad elicits no craving for sweets.
I decided to research this phenomenon.
What I discovered was a lot of people blaming the world’s woes, including this, on high fructose corn syrup but none offering any theories based on actual scientific or medical facts.
I’m a big fan of science.
Since all I could find in an admittedly meager effort (I got tired of reading the same drivel after a bit) was nothing but unsupported opinions I decided to offer my own….
And throw it open to discussion.
First, my own unsupported opinion: I think it’s the fat and salt. We know the fries are salty; that’s why we love them! So is most food in fast or family restaurants.
Ditto for fatty.
I think it’s the high amount of fat that makes me crave something sweet – the sugar seen as somehow counteracting the fat.
As to starving 2 hours after I eat – I’m not hungry; I’m thirsty!
All that salt has created a great thirst.
Most people, including me, often mistake thirst for hunger. I learned long ago that when I feel hunger (and shouldn’t) to drink something because what I really feel is thirst.
So after my foray into McDo’s today, instead of noshing on that chunk of dark chocolate I so desperately wanted, I drank a litre of water (not all at once, don’t be ridiculous!).
That fixed it.
And now I pose two questions:
Do you experience the same effect?
What do you think causes it?
All opinions, supported or not, welcome.
As is this alternative to that nasty Cream of Mushroom soup that still graces American supermarket shelves.
The recipe, Mushroom Sauce, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Mushroom Sauce.
This is better…. Trust me.
Just like the other stuff.
One more question – an afterthought, as it were….
Do you think this phenomenon (let’s call it the ‘McDo Effect’) is contributing to the obesity problem?