Eating Well

Spinach Cuts Craving For Sweets and Fast Food

Imagine, for a moSpinachment, how things would be different if you never had a craving for fast food or sweets. Well, for one thing,  you would be thinner. How do we know? Because researchers at Lund University in Sweden recently studied the two groups of 16 women; one group was given a post-breakfast drink with five grams of spinach extract and one group was given a placebo. After three months, the women who drank the spinach extract had lost an average of 11 pounds, and the control group had lost 7.7 pounds. Why? Because, the researchers explain, spinach contains green leaf membranes called thylakoids, which decrease hedonic hunger (the craving for sweets or fast food, or both) up to 95 percent. A Lund University news release claims that “the study shows that taking thylakoids reinforces the body’s production of satiety hormones and suppresses hedonic hunger, which leads to better appetite control, healthier eating habits and increased weight loss.”  Here, according to the researchers, is how that works: “Modern processed food is broken down so quickly that the hormones in the intestines that send satiety signals to the brain and suppress cravings cannot keep up. The green leaf membranes slow down the digestion process, giving the intestinal hormones time to be released and communicate to the brain that we are satisfied.” Satisfied?  Read more from Lund University.

One Comment

  1. Now that you mention it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Popeye at McDonald’s or Baskn Robbins.

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