Here is some good news if you're trying to cut calories, but need help keeping hunger pains away. A new study has found that when overweight people supplement their restricted diet with omega-3 fatty acids, they feel fuller longer.
The research, published in the journal Appetite, compared two groups of overweight volunteers. While both groups were randomly assigned a calorie-restricted, balanced diet, one group was given 260 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per day while the other groups was given 1300 mg.
The participants' appetites were tested during the last two weeks of the eight-week study. Researchers found that the group supplementing their diets with the higher dosage of omega-3s had fewer hunger sensations both immediately following a meal and two hours later.
"The most important finding of this study is that subjects who eat a dinner rich in long chain omega-3 fatty acids feel less hunger and more full directly after and 2 hours after then their counterparts fed with the low long chain omega-3 fatty acids diet," wrote the authors. "This observation indicates that long chain omega-3 fatty acids modulate hunger signals."