Nutrition: Do certain foods keep you full longer?

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Nutrition: Do certain foods keep you full longer?

Jessica Bradley, BBC Future

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Some foods promise to cut cravings. Can any food actually suppress our appetite?

Your weekly groceries are likely to be filled with packaging promising that the food they contain will taste good, stay fresh, and be good for you. You may also find products that tell you they will keep you feeling full longer. But is it really possible for a food to suppress our appetite?

While some research suggests that eating certain foods, like chili peppers and ginger, can make us feel less hungry later, these studies often use large amounts of food and test the effects on animals, says Gary Frost, from the Imperial Nutrition and Food Network at Imperial College London. Transposition of these effects to humans has not occurred, he adds.

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