How does pectin help weight loss?

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People who are trying to lose weight are often advised to eat more fruits, legumes and other pectin rich foods. There’s a good reason for this.

When pectin dissolves in the stomach, it gradually expands, taking up more room. At the same time, it slows down the absorption of sugars and nutrients into the bloodstream. This helps you to feel more satisfied even when you have not had a lot to eat.

‘Pectin helps to give you that feeling of fullness, so you don’t need to eat as much,’ says Babara Harland, PH.D,’ professor of nutrition at Howard University in Washington, D.C. ‘One of the most important things for losing weight and keeping it off is getting more fibre, including pectin,’

Getting more pectin can be especially important for people with diabetes, who must do everything they can to keep their blood sugar levels steady. Since pectin slows the rate at which sugars are absorbed, it can prevent the sudden surges of glucose that can damage the nerves, eyes and vital organs in people with diabetes, Dr. Harland says.

Source: The Doctors Book of Food Remedies, Selene Yeager

 

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