Ravenous teenagers in the house? Heres how to fill them up!

It’s like they haven’t eaten in a year! They come home from school and the first thing they do is devour anything they get their hands on. Usually the food involved is high in saturated fats, sugar & salt; foods like 2 minute noodles & potato chips. As we know, a diet high in saturated fat & salt leads to weight gain, poor heart health & high cholesterol.

New research from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the USA have discovered the same benefits in adults that consume food that is high in protein as an afternoon snack in adolescents. “Our research showed that eating high-protein snacks in the afternoon helps teens improve the quality of their diets as well as control appetite,” said Heather Leidy, an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU. The research showed that after snacking on high protein soy based foods, the subjects of the study had reduced appetite which delayed further eating (overeating), especially on the wrong type of foods.

The study involved male & female teens aged between 13 & 19, both of normal & over body weight. The researchers found that when afternoon snacking consisted of high protein foods, they were much more likely to incorporate the same foods throughout the rest of the day. “In addition to the appetite and satiety benefits, we found that when the teens ate the high-protein snacks, they incorporated more protein throughout the day and consumed less dietary fat,” Leidy said. They also found that certain aspects of mood & cognitive function improved after eating high protein snacks.

University of Missouri-Columbia. “Snacking on protein can improve appetite control, diet quality in teens.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 May 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150521121045.htm>.

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