Oat oil supplement can help curb hunger, study finds

Satiety cues can be tricky to learn when you have fluctuating blood sugar, but certain supplements may help to decrease hunger - making you feel full longer.

A new study from Lund University, Härröd Research and Swedish Oat Fiber AB found that a special oat oil preparation can significantly increase satiety levels.

"If we constantly eat high-energy food, our satiety signals become dulled," said Lena Ohlsson, medical researcher at Lund University. "However, various supplements can influence metabolism or reinforce our satiety signals."

Three satiety hormones affected

Researchers invented a method of creating oat oil with a higher level of polar fats - these types of fats aren't used to store energy, rather they act as signal substances in cell membranes.

The composition of the oat supplement seems to reduce fat uptake in the gut, while releasing increased levels of three different satiety hormones, PYY, GLP-1 and CCK.

The result? Hunger is curbed and overeating is unlikely.

"Our results suggest that the oat oil preparation could be an effective dietary supplement that supports reduced energy intake in a healthy way," Ohlsson said. "However, more studies are needed to confirm our results and further chart the mechanisms."

Source: Lund University

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