Role of protein and yogurt in appetite control


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Satiety and satiation signallers

Satiety is the feeling of satisfaction we get after we have eaten a meal and has an important influence on how much we eat overall. If satiety lasts for a while, it can reduce how much food we eat at the next meal or snack. Alongside satiety is ‘satiation’ – the process leading an individual to stop eating (1).

FIGURE1_DIGEST2Figure 1: Appetite control

Satiety & satiation signalers

 As food is eaten, digested, absorbed and then metabolised, it triggers an orchestra of satiety influencing hormones, peptides and nerve messages from the gut, the brain and the body’s fat cells (1). As well as these physiological responses, satiety & satiation are influenced by many factors including our food beliefs, emotions, the taste and smell of food, and our immediate environment (1) – we can always manage that tempting dessert from a buffet table, or comforting crisps or chocolate, no matter how full we feel! Foods that give satiation signals a helping hand could benefit people to manage their health and weight in our food-filled environment. As evidence supports energy (calories) from protein being more satiating than energy from carbohydrate or fat (1, 2), the effect of protein-rich foods on appetite control is a hot topic.


1. Benelam B. Satiation, satiety and their effects on eating behaviour. Nutr Bull.; 2009, 34, 126-173.
2. Paddon-Jones D, Westman, Mattes RD et al. Protein, weight management, and satiety. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87(5):1558S-1561S.

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