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Dec. 15, 2015|294 views
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In the old comic strip, Popeye the Sailor was a skinny fellow who guzzled cans of spinach for an instant burst of muscle power. In most cases, he needed his newly giant forearms to rescue his even skinner girlfriend, Olive Oyl, from trouble. Other characters fixated on eating cheeseburgers, but not Popeye. And presumably, not skinny Olive Oyl, either.

As it turns out, all that spinach may have been the reason Popeye and Olive Oyl were able to stay so slim. Of course, they were fictional characters. But in the real world, there’s now reason to believe that spinach may play a role in helping overweight or obese people regulate their appetites and lose weight.

According to research published recently in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, a concentrated extract featuring compounds found in spinach significantly affected subject’s feelings of hunger (a subjective quality called “satiety”). Among men, there was a tendency to consume fewer calories afterwards, especially when salty/savory foods were offered. Among women, it appears to curb cravings for sweets. The spinach compounds in question are called thylakoids, and scientists think they may help put the brakes on runaway appetites.

Thylakoids comprise the internal mechanism by which plants produce energy from sunlight (photosynthesis). In the body, they appear to slow down the digestion of fats. This, in turn, appears to promote the production of hormones that promote feelings of fullness. It also appears to curb production of another hormone, ghrelin. Ghrelin acts to promote hunger, so reducing this hormone is viewed as useful for achieving weight loss.

Article co-author, Frank L. Greenway MD, said: "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.”

“Thylakoids supplementation may influence food cravings by acting on the reward system, thereby offering a novel way to address a positive energy balance in a manner that is minimally burdensome on the consumer,” researchers concluded. While I don’t necessarily advocate buying into the latest weight-loss fads, at the very least, this study may underscore that your mother was on the right track when she told you to “eat your spinach!”

 

When shopping, please read the ingredients and avoid these additives:

1) carrageenan

2) Artificial colors

3) Partially hydrogenated oil

Candida J. Rebello, Jessica Chu, Robbie Beyl, Dan Edwall, Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, Frank L. Greenway. Acute Effects of a Spinach Extract Rich in Thylakoids on Satiety: A Randomized Controlled Crossover Trial. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2015; 1 DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2014.1003999

 

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