Almonds – Naturally Curbing Appetites!!

Almonds found to help regulate appetite, caloric intake(NewsTarget) Daily consumption of almonds may trigger feelings of satiety and help reduce overall calorie intake, according to new research by scientists from Purdue University.
Dieters often find it difficult to regulate their appetite, but a new study recently presented at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity’s annual meeting indicates that almonds may help stop unhealthy snacking by enhancing feelings of fullness between meals.
The study — funded by the Almond Board of California — examined the effects of supplementing the diet with almonds on 20 overweight women. The participants were divided into two groups: The first was given two servings (300 calories) of almonds a day for ten weeks, followed by 10 weeks with no almonds, while the second began with 10 weeks of no almonds, followed by 10 weeks of two daily servings of almonds.
The researchers, led by Richard Mattes, found that when the women were supplementing their diets with almonds, they experienced no changes in energy intake, body weight, body fat or body mass index (BMI).
“We concluded that the women found their daily almond snack to be very filling, and so they naturally compensated in the caloric intake at other times of the day,” Mattes said.
Essentially, because the almonds triggered feelings of fullness, the women consumed fewer calories from unhealthy sources.
The researchers also noted that some of the fat found in almonds is not digested or absorbed by the body after consumption, which leads to lower caloric intake than the number indicated on almonds’ nutrition labels.
The researchers stressed the need for larger, longer trials to prove their findings, as well as additional studies to determine which almond compounds are responsible for satiety.
Consumer demand for almonds has dramatically increased in recent years as the nuts’ health benefits have become more widely known. Last year, U.S. almond exports grew by $600 million, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics.
Natural health advocate Mike Adams, co-author of “Natural Appetite Suppressants for Safe, Effective Weight Loss,” says consumers should remember to only consume raw, unprocessed almonds to receive the nuts’ health benefits. Roasted, salted or sugary almonds do not offer the same dietary advantages, Adams said. printable article Originally published October 25 2006

Diabetes and the Ghrelin Hormone

The hormone Ghrelin is a peptide which is produced by our stomach, increasing our food intake & body weight. When our stomachs empty it releases a chemical telling us that we are hungry and the hungrier we become the more ghrelin is released until our will power is destroyed and fall prey to the left over pizza in the fridge. Once the stomach receives healthy foods the ghrelin hormone levels decrease.

High levels of ghrelin are a problem for people that are obese or diabetic, and yet there are things that we can do to lower our ghrelin levels.

1) Make healthy food choices by eating a diet higher in fiber, this will send messages to your stomach that is full, decreasing the production ghrelin for a longer period of time.
2) Figure in snacks when planning your day, a handful of walnuts, a V-8, slices of turkey.
3) Sleep! When we get 7-8 hours a night our bodies produce higher levels of leptin which acts as an appetite suppressant. The higher the leptin the less we eat.

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Diabetes and the Leptin Hormone

Everyone is effected by two hormones in our bodies that regulate our hunger levels, they are Leptin and Ghrelin.

For nearly a decade, we have been hearing that the hormone “Leptin” has a very important role in its fat-burning ability in people. But still unknown is the understanding of how and why the Leptin hormone works.

Brown Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital and at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center the research teams have found that leptin activates the production of the active form of a peptide in the small area at the base of our brains, controling hunger and metabolism. Produced by fat cells, our leptin levels tell our brains when our bodies do or don’t need more food.

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Lack of Sleep Making Our Children Obese

Diabetic sites in the past year have been about one article after another on how the lack of sleep contributes to obesity, but scientists are proving out that lack of sleep as a child, sets the stage long before we reached adulthood.

Two words that keep jumping out of studies like this, are “leptin” and “ghrelin”. Over the next few days I plan to study the effects of both leptin and ghrelin and how they important to our health as diabetics.

In a recent article by Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor of Times Online (UK) covered this subject quite well. “Obesity linked to lack of childhood sleep” (Click here to read)

It does bring back the old saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise”