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How fast you eat affects appetite hormones

February 24th, 2010

Nice little nugget in the New York Times on the common claim that eating slowly makes you feel more full:

Researchers have found evidence over the years that when people wolf their food, they end up consuming more calories than they would at a slower pace. One reason is the effect of quicker ingestion on hormones.

In particular, they cite a new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, in which volunteers ate a bowl of ice cream in either five minutes or half an hour. Sure enough, those who ate (drank?) their ice cream in half an hour had higher levels of a pair of gut hormones that signal when you’re full, and they also felt more full.

Nothing too surprising here, but it’s always nice when you see a study that backs up folk wisdom.

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