If you find yourself craving – even after a good-sized meal – chances are you’re eating the wrong foods. In the long run this can cause you to pack on extra pounds as you reach for snacks to satisfy hunger.
Luckily, the solution simple: make better meal choices. You’ll feel full longer, eat less over time, and keep your waistline trim. And according to a recent study, one of the best ways to do this is with olive oil.
Researchers in Vienna put four fats to the test: lard, butter, rapeseed oil (canola), and olive oil. The goal of the experiment was to determine which of these has a higher satiety index (i.e. makes you feel full).
Test subjects were fed 500 grams of low-fat yogurt topped with one of the above fats every day for 3 months. And while nobody increase their body-fat percentage, the people eating olive oil reported a higher feeling of fullness. This was also apparent by the higher concentration of serotonin – a marker of satiety – in the blood.
What’s more is that in addition to its ability to induce fullness via hormone release, olive oil seems to make you feel full simply through its aroma. It’s characteristic smell is enough to curb your cravings.
The best part? It’s arguably the healthiest oil you can eat.
That said, you should make a part of every meal by using it in salad dressing. The recipe is simple. Mix a few tablespoons of oil and red wine vinegar, add a pinch of salt along with black pepper and oregano and you’re ready to go.
It’s delicious, cost-effective, and much better than anything you’ll buy at the store (in fact, here’s a great read on exactly why should avoid the latter altogether).
In conclusion, if you find yourself craving after meals, make sure you’re eating enough fat. And one of the healthiest ways to include these in your diet is through good ole’ olive oil.