Spinach, The Next Diet Pill

Spinach, The Next Diet Pill. Healthy Living Magazine

Spinach, The Next Diet Pill. Healthy Living Magazine

Consuming the concentrated extract of thylakoids found in spinach can reduce hunger and cravings, say food scientists in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

Satiety Inducer

The study looked at the effect of a concentrated extract of thylakoids from spinach on satiety, food intake, lipid and blood sugar levels compared to placebo. Sixty people (30 males and 30 females) classified as overweight or obese participated. Blood analyses were done before a normal breakfast, followed by a dose of the extract and standard lunch four hours later. After another four hours, pizza was served, and, throughout the interval, various blood tests and responses were gathered.

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The results showed that the spinach extract containing thylakoids increased satiety over a two-hour period compared to a placebo.

Spinach Sweets

It was found that in women, a reduced urge for sweets was significant after a single dose of the spinach extract and the reduced urge for sweets was sustained throughout the study.

“The reduction in hunger and the desire for salty food that we saw in this study might make thylakoids particularly useful for people with high blood pressure and associated weight problems,” says article co-author Frank L. Greenway, MD.

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ReferenceCandida J. Rebello, Jessica Chu, Robbie Beyl, Dan Edwall, Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, Frank L. Greenway. Acute Effects of a Spinach Extract Rich in Thylakoids on Satiety: A Randomized Controlled Crossover Trial. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2015; 1 DOI:10.1080/0 7315724.2014.1003999
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