Hunger cravings could be a result of not eating enough food, but more often than not, they’re caused due to eating the wrong foods. For instance, you ‘fill up’ on a bar of chocolate, or so you believe. An hour later, your body is craving a real meal. In the process, you may end up binge-eating, and packing the pounds.

The trick to preventing these unsettling pangs is to eat wholesome foods that keep you feeling full for longer, (by extension, they suppress your appetite as well). Here are five such foods you must make a note of:

Nuts: Almonds, cashews and peanuts are a great source of fiber that takes its time to digest. Thus they stay in your stomach for that much longer. Needless to mention, they’re excellent for your overall health.

Oatmeal: This healthy breakfast staple is also rich in fiber, which keeps you full for longer. Apart from that, it also increases the level of the appetite-regulating hormone cholecystokinin in the body, which helps control hunger. It’s best to start your day with oatmeal.

Ginger: This spice is known to control appetite. Add it to your tea, smoothie or gravies; it works well as a stimulant that energizes your body and aids digestion. This in turn, decreases hunger cravings.

Mint: The aroma of mint can calm your senses and also suppress hunger. Drink some mint tea or just light some mint-scented candles to help you curb those untimely pangs.

Potato: Potato contain a particular starch that resists digestives enzymes, which in turn makes them stay longer in your stomach, thus keeping you full.

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