Professor Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson and a team of researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a natural component known as thylakoids in spinach leaves and other similar greens that may support healthy weight management.
The study involved two groups of participants, the first of which received a shot of spinach extract each morning while the second received what amounted to a placebo. Not only did the first group feel more satisfied throughout the day and less prone to snacking, but their blood sugar levels remained more stable. They also had higher levels of “satiety hormones” in their blood, which signal the brain that we’re full and don’t need to eat anymore.
According to Erlanson-Albertsson, thylakoids are made up of “…hundreds of substances—galactolipids, proteins, vitamin A, E, K, antioxidants, beta-carotene, lutein, and so on…” that delay fat digestion and help us feel full longer between meals. So what’s the catch? In order to reap the benefits of thylakoids, says Erlanson-Albertsson, the spinach has to be crushed, filtrated and centrifuged so the thylakoids can be released. In other words, it needs to be in raw juice form. Here’s to a healthy shot of spinach every morning!