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Research Sheds Light on How Low-GI Food Suppresses Appetite

March 18, 2009: 04:23 AM EST
Low-GI (glycemic index) foods are generally known to reduce appetite, but little was known about how this happens. Research undertaken at Kings College London and unveiled at the annual Society for Endocrinology BES meeting in the UK showed that low-GI (low glycemic index) food increases production of a gut hormone (GLP-1), which suppresses appetite and leads to a feeling of satiety. Researcher, Dr Reza Norouzy, said: “Our results show for the first time the direct effect of a single GI meal on gut hormone levels. We already know that the hormone GLP-1 and a low GI meal independently lead to suppression of appetite. This study builds on these findings by providing a physiological mechanism to explain how a low GI meal makes you feel fuller than a high GI meal.”
"Scientists Discover Why A Low GI Meal Makes You Feel Full", ScienceDaily, March 18, 2009, © ScienceDaily LLC
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