The sip that curbs appetite
Sipping a cup of broth before your next meal can promote healthier food choices for the rest of the day, report researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In their study, women who had broth before a buffet-style meal were better able to limit the amount of food they ate compared to women who didn’t sip broth beforehand. The study authors say monosodium glutamate—a compound naturally found in foods that have a rich umami flavor (including broth, tomatoes and soy)—activates the genes that shut down hunger. Similar studies have shown this pre-meal broth helps cut daily food intake by 400 calories.