Popeye’s love for spinach explained
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.