Can’t stop eating? Food scientists are on the case.
According to a paper published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists may soon be developing a new generation of foods that release hunger-sating aromas. The goal is that these foods will prevent people from overeating by releasing fullness-inducing scents during chewing.
Previously, scientists have worked to develop tasty foods that trigger a feeling of fullness, but their effect only went into action after they were swallowed. The paper’s authors found that aromas released during chewing contribute to the feeling of fullness and possibly to the decision to stop eating. Molecules that make up a food’s aroma apparently do so by activating areas of the brain that signal fullness.
This field of research is still preliminary, note the authors, and right now there’s no real food products.
But luckily, there are plenty of eating habits you can try now to help you feel full without feeling hungry. One way is to follow the New American Plate way of eating, filling up your plate with at least two-thirds fruits, vegetables, and grains. The fiber and water in plant foods gives a feeling of fullness without supplying a lot of calories.
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Over the years, a lot of research has looked at the health benefits of green tea — with varying findings. The latest green tea study came out today, and it involves lung cancer. A study of over 500 Taiwanese people suggests that at least one cup of green tea per day may lower the risk of lung cancer, particularly for smokers.
The study was presented at a major conference on lung cancer; you can read a report on it here.
Among smokers and people who never smoked, the more green tea people drank, the more protection was seen. And the protection was greatest among people carrying specific genes.
Of course, the best way to prevent lung cancer — and many other health issues — is to stop smoking. With New Year Resolutions, there’s no time like now. And this is only one study; scientists say more research is needed. But green tea is delicious on a cold winter’s day, and if you want more reasons to enjoy tea — of any color — this month’s AICR eNews looks at other possible health benefits of tea.