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NewsBites January 2010 Issue

Eating Fast May Zoom Past Body’s Stop Signs

Slowing down your eating not only gives you a chance to actually taste your food, it may give your body time to signal, “Enough!” Greek researchers report that gobbling food appears to short-circuit the release of appetite-regulating hormones, promoting overeating. They conducted a crossover study with 17 healthy men, comparing hormones in blood samples taken after eating 675 calories’ worth of ice cream in 5 minutes versus a more leisurely 30-minute consumption. After savoring the ice cream for 30 minutes, participants had higher levels of two peptides that signal satiety, though there was no difference in ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger. Researchers concluded, “The warning we were given as children that ‘wolfing down your food will make you fat’ may, in fact, have a physiological explanation.”

TO LEARN MORE: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, online before print, jcem. endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/ jc.2009-1018v1

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