According to a survey conducted by Pr. Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson’s team, at Lund University (Sweden), the thylakoids (membranes involved in photosynthesis) in spinach leaves (and other green-leaved vegetables) slow the digestive process and promote long-term satiety. Indeed, contrary to many “modern” foods, which are digested within the upper intestine, the processing of these leaves involves the whole intestinal tract. And satiety occurs when food reaches the lower part of the intestine, in which the satiety-promoting hormones are released. Therefore eating foods that use the whole intestine should promote a longer-lasting satiety.
In order to take advantage of spinach’s satiety-promoting properties, it is however mandatory to centrifugate its leaves as our body is unable to capture the thylakoids trapped within the plant’s cells…

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