Posted on Apr 09, 2014, 6 a.m.
Thylakoids may help to decrease feelings of hunger.
Chlorophyll-containing membranes present in the chloroplasts of green leaves, thylakoid are found abundantly in spinach. Previous studies have reported that thylakoids supplemented with a high-fat meal can affect cholecystokinin (CCK), ghrelin, insulin and blood lipids in humans. Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, from Lund University (Sweden), and colleagues enrolled 15 men and women in a study in which the participants consumed a concentrated thylakoid preparation each morning. Subjects reported that the compound seemed to make it easier to forego snacking between meals.
Stenblom EL, Montelius C, Ostbring K, Hakansson M, Nilsson S, Rehfeld JF, Erlanson-Albertsson C. "Supplementation by thylakoids to a high carbohydrate meal decreases feelings of hunger, elevates CCK levels and prevents postprandial hypoglycaemia in overweight women.” Appetite. 2013 Sep;68:118-23.