Fiber Full of Anti-Appetite Molecules, Says Study
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It was previously thought that fiber created a feeling of fullness and could contribute to weight loss because it took longer to digest than other types of carbohydrates; researchers have now discovered that acetate could be why fiber keeps us feeling full after we eat. In the study, mice were fed a high-fat diet with additional inulin, a dietary fiber derived from chicory and sugar beets. The mice consumed less food and gained less weight compared to mice not fed inulin. The inulin-fed mice also had higher levels of acetate in their colon. The acetate, researchers discovered, then traveled from the colon to the liver and heart, and finally to the brain where it sparked chemical reactions to send hunger suppression signals. Future research could examine further the role of acetate in weight loss and how it can be altered in fighting obesity.
Scientists have figured out the reason fiber is such a wonder food: It contains an anti-appetite molecule called acetate. The researchers looked at a dietary fiber called inulin, which comes from chicory and sugar beets, and is often present in cereal bars. They fed mice a diet high in fat with ...
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