As I have mentioned in earlier posts, a lot of reading material comes across my desk. At times it is difficult to keep up with, but this week a particular article caught my eye. A group of researchers at the University of Liverpool Department of Psychological Sciences found that by adding prunes (yes, prunes) to a weight control regimen resulted in significant weight loss and waist circumference from the baseline measurements. And not why you might think!
Despite their image problem and association with digestive tract health, it appears that the fiber found in prunes contributes to a sense of fullness while creating beneficial changes in appetite. In this study, increasing satiety effects were reported beginning at 8 weeks. And with a daily dose of 10-12 prunes, the prunes were well tolerated without any adverse gastrointestinal effects.