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Kidney Beans and Artichokes May Help You Feel Fuller

Are you one of the millions of people finding it hard to lose the extra pounds? Well, a recent study from the University of Pavia in Italy suggests that a supplement consisting of kidney bean and artichoke extracts may help people feel full, curtailing their desire to eat more.

The findings were published in the September 2011 issue of Phytotherapy Research.

Participants in the study included 39 overweight adults who were split into two groups. For two months, one group received an extract of kidney bean and artichoke and the other received a placebo.

The researchers used the Haber scale to judge satiety, or feelings of fullness. The scale ranges from -10, which represents extreme hunger, to +10, which represents being full to the point of nausea.

The supplement group started with a score of -2.84 and ended with a score of +0.61. The placebo group, on the other hand, started at -2.76 and ended at -2.86. These numbers clearly show that the supplement group was registering much higher levels of satiety than the placebo group.

Additionally, the placebo group registered a 3.5 lb weight loss at the conclusion of the study compared to a weight loss of almost 6 lbs for the supplement. The researchers hypothesize that the higher levels of satiety led the participants to eat less, resulting in greater weight loss.

Kidney beans have also been shown to lower cholesterol and help maintain a healthy blood sugar level, which may help reduce the risk of diabetes. Artichokes have been shown to lower cholesterol and are very high in antioxidants, which combat dangerous free radicals in the body.

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