An Ingredient That Could Help You Eat Less

It sounds like something out of a junky Facebook advertisement, but it’s actually peer-reviewed research: Scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow have developed a food additive that helps people feel full earlier. And, according to their study, the first in humans, it could help overweight people prevent additional weight gain and, in an unanticipated finding, also lose heart-damaging abdominal fat.

The additive, inulin-propionate ester (IPE), is made from propionate, a natural byproduct of the stomach’s fermentation of dietary fiber. It is this chemical reaction that stimulates release of satiety hormones — meaning hormones that signal to the brain that the body is full — such as hormones peptide YY (PYY) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). It is well-established that a high-fiber diet contributes to weight maintenance and feelings of fullness. We typically generate propionate from a diet containing fiber, but IPE delivers more of the molecule by several magnitudes.

“Molecules like propionate stimulate the release of gut hormones that control appetite, but you need to eat huge amounts of fiber to achieve a strong effect,” said the study’s leader, Gary Frost, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London, <a target="_blank" href="" —> Read More Here


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