Scientists in the UK have found a new supplement that will curb the cravings for high-calorie foods. The researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow changed inulin in such a way that it now contains propionate, to produce a new component called inulin-propionate ester.
This compound will trigger gut bacteria to produce more propionate up to 2.5 times. They conducted a test on 20 volunteers, in which they gave milkshake for 10 people with inulin in it and for other 10 people they gave 10 grams of an inulin-propionate ester. They then showed pictures of different kinds of foods that included both high-calorie ones and low-calorie ones.
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All this was done while keeping the volunteers under MRI scanner. The researchers noticed that the brains of people under observation are in a motivation to want the food.
The researchers found that when shown high-calorie foods, those who had the milkshake with inulin-propionate ester showed less activity in the reward regions of their brain compared to the ones who took regular inulin.
New supplement by UK Researchers will now reduce cravings for unhealthy foods
When asked the volunteers, they said that the high-calories foods were less appealing for them, which ultimately shows that they have fewer cravings for high calorie and unhealthy foods on taking inulin-propionate ester with their shake.
Researchers also went a step ahead and asked the volunteers to eat as much pasta with tomato sauce as they want after having their shake.
Those who drank the supplement ate 10 percent less than the others. As per the previous study was done, it is said that those who took the supplement are less likely to gain weight than others.
The reason behind this is addressed as the gut bacteria in some people are able to produce more propionate and so they are able to put their weight down.