Want To Lose Weight? Soup Before Meal May Help Promote Weight Loss

According to a journal Neuropsychopharmacology, if you are planning to cut down on foods that are rich in saturated fats like butter, cream cheese and meat, drinking soup rich in umami- savoury taste- before meal may help. Researchers have found that soup causes changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviours and food choices, especially in those at risk of obesity. Umami is a Japanese word to express a delicious, savoury meal, and it represents one of the five basic tastes, together with sweet, salty, bitter and sour. A key component of umami taste is glutamate, a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid that can be found in nearly all foods, and especially in foods high in protein like dairy products, fish and meat.

According to the researchers, many cultures around the world advocate drinking a broth before a meal. The study suggests that people at high risk of obesity could benefit from an umami-rich broth before a meal to facilitate healthy eating and healthy food choices. People drinking the umami-rich broth, those at higher risk of obesity consumed less saturated fat during the meal, the findings showed. The results may open new ways to facilitate healthy eating and reduce food intake in the general population.

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