Bread is a staple of many people’s diets. It’s a rich source of carbohydrates, which your body needs to generate energy.
But we may be eating the wrong type of bread. A recent study discovered that switching from regular bread to a cereal-based variety may be the answer. But why does cereal-based bread suppress your appetite?
Researchers at the University of Granada (UNG) conducted the study. They took a group of volunteers and split them into two groups. One group ate a breakfast consisting of cereal-based bread, with just one glass of water as an accompaniment. The second ate a richer breakfast that combined white bread with margarine, jam, and water.
They found that those eating the cereal-based bread reported positive feelings of fullness. This is despite the fact that they appeared to eat less than the other group.
So, why does cereal-based bread suppress your appetite?
The bread used in this study contained a mixture of different flours and dried fruits. In fact, 22% of it consists of dried fruits, such as raisins and figs.
The key here is that this mixture makes the bread rich in both protein and soluble fiber.
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Moreover, the presence of more protein adds to the bread’s appetite-suppressing qualities.
The Final Word
It appears that regular white bread doesn’t do enough to control your appetite.
Switching to a cereal-based variety may be the key to feeling fuller for longer.