The Vegetable Extract Linked To Weight Loss

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The extract increases weight
loss and halves feelings of hunger.
A small amount of spinach
extract increases weight loss by 43 percent, research finds.
The extract — which contains
leafy membranes called thylakoids — also reduces feelings of hunger by 95
Spinach extract slows down the
digestion process, helping people feel fuller and eat less.
People in the study simply
drank the extract before breakfast and ate their usual three meals a day.
Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, study co-author, said:
“Our analyses show that having
a drink containing thylakoids before breakfast reduces cravings and keeps you
feeling more satisfied all day.”
The study included 38
overweight women who were tracked for three months.
Half of the women were given 5
grams of the spinach extract in a drink before breakfast.
Other than that, the women did
not follow a diet but were told to cut out snacking and increase their physical
Erlanson-Albertsson explained the results:
“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.”
One problem for people trying
to lose weight is that many modern processed foods are easily broken down by
the body.
This means it is hard to feel
satisfied by food, so cravings return quickly.
foods are effectively ‘pre-chewed’ said Professor Erlanson-Albertsson:
“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.”
The study was published in the
journal Appetite (Montelius et al., 2014).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.