Are Some Fats More Filling?

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"Are Some Fats More Filling?". Science News. May 13, 2000, Vol. 157, No. 20.

At first glance to this article I really had no interest in the topic, however as I read on I got more and more interested in the findings, since obesity is such a big issue these days.

A study on hunger and fats was created to learn whether or not different cooking oil made a difference on how long a typical male feels full after a major meal. The discovery in this study found that if you substitute a monounsaturated cooking oil for polyunsaturated fats that you will feel full longer after a meal and possibly cut back on the amount of snacks later taken in.

For this study scientists served a basic meal to twelve males, along with a starchy side dish for four weeks. During the first two weeks rice was served as the side dish and during the other two weeks potatoes were served.

An hour after the meal scientists had the men rate their hunger on a scale of one to ten. They found that the men were less hungry on the days that they had had a high monounsaturated oil intake. Scientists also found that their hunger ratings were considerately lower on the days that the men ate potatoes.

As I was reading this article I began to ask myself questions which were not mentioned. Was this study ever conducted on women? What are the risks of a high polyunsaturated fats diet? What foods contain a lot of polyunsaturated fats? Why do people tend to eat more polyunsaturated fats? I found some great information in a book by Eramus, Udo. Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill. New York: Alive books, 1994. This book pretty much talked about the different kinds of foods that contain polyunsaturated fats. It also gave some information about different recipes and fun on-the-go foods that the conscious consumer can quickly put together.