Sunday, February 1, 2009

Curb Hunger pangs with this oil

Olive oil is rich in a special appetite-controlling kind of fat

Here’s a snack that ought to stop you from, well, snacking: whole-grain bread dipped in olive oil. That’s because olive oil is rich in a special appetite-controlling kind of fat that may help with weight control!

Getting the message: Olive oil contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat. Upon reaching the small intestine, oleic acid triggers the production of oleoylethanolamide (OEA), another fatty substance. OEA then finds its way to nerve endings that carry a hunger-curbing message to the brain. And that message is loud and clear. “Hey, Stop eating! You’re full!”
Researchers are hoping that new appetite-suppressing drugs using OEA will be developed to reduce obesity.

More ways to eat less: Taking too many trips to the fridge? Here are some tips:

Work out an appetite. With regular aerobic exercise, you may consume fewer calories.

Adding a little red pepper to your morning egg whites decrease food intake later in the day.
Pepper stunts hunger messages.

Munch on apples or pears or any fiber-rich fruits or vegetables with higher water content.

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