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Dried Prunes Snack Before A Meal Reduces Appetite, Lowers Calorie Intake

August 1, 2010: 07:14 AM EST
Eating a snack of dried prunes before consuming a meal provides valuable micronutrients and reduces the appetite enough to lower subsequent food and dessert intake, a study by Greek researchers has found. The study included 45 healthy, normal-weight adults who were fed dried prunes before lunch. A statistical analysis showed the subjects not only consumed fewer calories at their meal, their “feeling of hunger, as well as their desire and motivation to eat,” were measurably lower between the “preload” snack and the meal. The researchers surmised that the feeling of satiety was due mainly to the high fiber content of the prunes. “The addition of dried prunes to a snack seems to promote satiety besides providing valuable nutrients,” the researchers concluded.
Paul Farajiana, Maria Katsagania and Antonis Zampelasa, "Short-term effects of a snack including dried prunes on energy intake and satiety in normal-weight individuals", Eating Behaviors, doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2010.02.004, August 01, 2010, © Elsevier BV
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