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Oat oil can produce greater satiety

03 December 2014

A study from Lund University, sponsored by Swedish Oat Fibre AB, showed that inclusion of a special oat oil liposome preparation (LOO) to breakfast can medically increase satiety, prompting an increase of satiety hormones 3-7 hours after the meal was consumed.

The special oat oil preparation is high in polar fats. These polar fats are not used by the body as energy carriers, but are instead used by the body as building blocks for cell membranes and used for signalling within the body. 

Two blinded randomized studies with crossover design were performed. In the first study, 19 subjects consumed 35 g lipids from LOO or yoghurt in a breakfast meal. In a follow-up study, 15 women consumed 14 or 1.8 g lipids from LOO mixed in yoghurt. Intake of 35 and 14 g lipids from LOO, led to a significant increase in the release of three hormones, GLP-1, PYY and CCK which create the feeling of satiety and suppress the urge to eat. A secondary effect was an increased release of GLP-2, a hormone which has beneficial effects on the levels of sugars and free fats in the blood and promotes growth of intestinal cells. It is thought that due to the composition of this oil, the body delays the breakdown of energy carrying fats or the uptake of these fats by the gut.

Lena Ohlsson, a medical researcher from Lund University points out that this supplement is in no way a substitute for a healthy life style and balanced eating, but did point out if high energy foods are often consumed, the feeling of satiety can often be suppressed. By supplementing a diet with products such as oat oil, the feeling of satiety is reinforced and can lead to a reduction in energy intake of the course of a day.  [Science Daily]

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