09 Aug 2016

CRAVINGS FOR HIGH-CALORIE FOODS MAY BE SWITCHED OFF IN THE BRAIN BY NEW SUPPLEMENT

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CRAVINGS FOR HIGH-CALORIE FOODS MAY BE SWITCHED OFF IN THE BRAIN BY NEW SUPPLEMENT

Eating INULIN, a type of powdered food supplement, based on a molecule produced by bacteria in the gut, reduces cravings for high-calorie foods such as chocolate, cake and pizza, a new study suggests.

Scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow asked 20 volunteers to consume a milkshake that either contained an ingredient called inulin-propionate ester, or a type of fibre called inulin.

Previous studies have shown bacteria in the gut release a compound called propionate when they digest the fibre inulin, which can signal to the brain to reduce appetite. However the inulin-propionate ester supplement releases much more propionate in the intestines than inulin alone.

After drinking the milkshakes, the participants in the current study underwent an MRI scan, where they were shown pictures of various low or high calorie foods such as salad, fish and vegetables or chocolate, cake and pizza.

The team found that when volunteers drank the milkshake containing inulin-propionate ester, they had less activity in areas of their brain linked to reward — but only when looking at the high calorie foods

The volunteers also had to rate how appealing they found the foods. The results showed when they drank the milkshake with the inulin-propionate ester supplement they rated the high calorie foods as less appealing.

However, if you don’t want to take the supplement simply taking INULIN powder can:

  •  HELP YOU FEEL FULLSince inulin is a fibre, this will keep you full longer and slows down digestion.
  • With its fibre content, it will aid in PREVENTING CONSTIPATION.
  • Also with its fibre qualities, it can CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR.. It can also be used as a sweetener because of its sweet properties.
  • Improve DIGESTIVE HEALTH – Being a prebiotic, it promotes the health of good bacteria in your stomach.

Inulin can be found naturally in foods, such as: chicory root, artichokes, asparagus, bananas, garlic, leeks, onions, yams and onions

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