If there was anything Popeye showed us, it’s that spinach is the food of choice if you want improve your body– and health. In fact, spinach could be the quintessential health food: it’s stuffed with nutrients, minuscule in calories, and it can be offered in a variety of different ways that allow anybody’s taste buds to feel satisfied.
Now, there’s yet another reason the cartoon character’s favorite green ought to be yours, too: it helps curb your cravings, admit researchers out of Lund University.
During a three-month long study, 38 overweight women were evaluated for weight loss. The women who drank a spinach drink at the beginning of the day dropped 11 pounds, while those who didn’t lost just 7 by comparison. But these women who consumed spinach didn’t just drop additional weight– they were less hungry and they also didn’t want to eat unhealthy foods as often.
Study researchers believed this to be because of naturally occurring thykaloids found in spinach’s leaf membranes. According to their analysis, simply enjoying a morning drink with thykaloids in it, will help you say no to cravings all throughout the rest of the day, offered Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, MD, PhD, who serves as professor of medicine and physiological chemistry at Lund University.
Specifically, thykaloids help slow the digestion process, which helps give the body an adequate period of time to properly assess hunger levels. Really, it’s all about making good use of the time needed for properly digesting our grub: “There is nothing wrong with our digestive system, but it doesn’t work well with the modern ‘pre-chewed’ food” Erlanson-Albertsson mentions. These thykaloids are able to keep us feeling full for longer periods of time by slowing down digestion. In other words, we can better stick to our proper human dietary needs without excess snacking on unnecessary foods such as sweets and high-fat, low-nutrient bites, she finishes.
And although eating spinach by itself doesn’t have the exact effect you want– it has to be centrifuged and filtered– that doesn’t mean there aren’t loads of other health benefits sitting in your spinach already, such as fewer allergy symptoms and improved eye protection.
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