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Supplement can reduce junk food craving

Scientists find food supplement containing inulin to curb yearning for high calorie-foods

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 5 2016 1:10PM | Updated Date: Jul 5 2016 1:10PM

Supplement can reduce junk food craving
The craving for junk food along with the concern for extra flab is universal. In a recent research, scientists have found a way to reduce the cravings for unhealthy foods without affecting the desire for healthy ones. 
 
As per a new study, inulin-propionate ester which is a type of powdered food supplement can reduce cravings and also result in eating smaller proportions of foods harmful for our health. These foods include chocolate, cake and pizza. 
 
A team from Imperial College London and  tested the same on 20 volunteers the University of Glasgow, after consuming this supplement, the participants in the current study underwent an MRI scan, where they were shown pictures of various low or high calorie foods such as salad, fish and vegetables or chocolate, cake and pizza.
 
The volunteers had to rate how appealing they found the foods. The results showed when they drank the milkshake with the inulin-propionate ester supplement they rated the high calorie foods as less appealing. 
 
"This study shows that this supplement can decrease activity in brain areas associated with food reward at the same time as reducing the amount of food they eat.", Senior author Gary Frost said. 
 
The supplement is a type of dietary fiber, which can make gut bacteria increase their production of a molecule called propionate. This molecule is produced when a person is full, and the brain is then informed that the person has had enough to eat.  
 
The study, titled "Increased colonic propionate reduces anticipatory reward responses in the human striatum to high-energy foods," was published in July edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it could still take a while before the supplement becomes available.