A latest research has found that spinach could be new food for weight-loss as it can curb food cravings by almost 95 per cent.
It was found by the researchers at Lund University in Sweden that spinach contains green leaf membranes called thylakoids that can boost weight loss by almost 43 per cent.
The findings were based on an analysis done on 38 overweight women.
Food cravings also known as hedonic hunger makes people have unhealthy foods including sweets and fast food.
The research found that having thylakoids boosts the production of satiety hormones and holds back the hedonic hunger. This leads to better control on the appetite, healthy eating habits and weight loss.
A part of this study, professor Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson said 'our analyses show that having a drink containing thylakoids before breakfast reduces cravings and keeps you feeling more satisfied all day.'
This three month long study was conducted on 38 overweight women who were made to have green tea before breakfast every morning.
Half of these women were given 5 grams of spinach extract and the rest were given placebo.
These women were not told which group they belonged. They were only given instructions to eat a balanced diet which included three meals a day and not to have any other diet.
Professor Erlanson-Albertsson said In the study, the control group lost an average of 3.5 kg while the group that was given thylakoids lost 5 kg'.
'The thylakoid group also found that it was easier to stick to three meals a day – and they did not experience any cravings.'
According to the researchers the green leaf membranes slowed the digestion process which gave the intestinal hormones sufficient time to release and indicate the brain that the body is satisfied.
Professor Erlanson-Albertsson adds 'It is about making use of the time it takes to digest our food.
'There is nothing wrong with our digestive system, but it doesn’t work well with the modern ‘pre-chewed’ food.
'The thylakoids extend digestion, producing a feeling of satiety.
'This means that we are able to stick to the diet we are meant for without snacks and unnecessary foods like sweets, crisps and such.’
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