Pop­eye’s love for spinach ex­plained

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

Here’s why spinach ex­tract is good for you. Found in spinach, thy­lakoids could pro­mote sati­ety and curb crav­ings when con­sumed in a con­cen­trated for­mula, ac­cord­ing to a new study. Thy­lakoids are found in the cells that con­duct pho­to­syn­the­sis — the process in which plants con­vert light energy from the sun into energy for them to live and breathe. “The re­duc­tion in hunger and the de­sire for salty food that we saw in this study might make thy­lakoids par­tic­u­larly use­ful for peo­ple with high blood pres­sure and as­so­ci­ated weight prob­lems,” says co-au­thor Frank L Green­way, MD of Pen­ning­ton Bio­med­i­cal Re­search in Louisiana in the US. When con­sumed, they re­lease sati­ety hor­mones, which slows fat di­ges­tion, ac­cord­ing to the study, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Nutri­tion. In the experiment, 60 par­tic­i­pants — half of which were men, the other half women — con­sumed a sin­gle dose of con­cen­trated thy­lakoid ex­tract. The re­search team set out to de­ter­mine the ef­fect on sati­ety, lipids and glu­cose in ad­di­tion to the eat­ing pat­terns that fol­lowed the dosage. Par­tic­i­pants who had con­sumed the ex­tract saw in­creased sati­ety for up to two hours whereas those who had been given the placebo did not, ac­cord­ing to the study.

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