The Pill That Helps Overweight Children Eat Less

A new study shows giving prebiotics to a child before  dinner may help them eat less and feel satisfied.

A prebiotic is a non-digestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines, and a particular prebiotic fiber may help.

What sets this study apart is few studies have ever been done with children to examine the effects of prebiotic supplementation on appetite control and energy intake.

This study was done with a particular formula known as Prebiotin.

Researchers did a study with 42 overweight girls and boys ages 7 to 12, and a placebo trial.

The placebo group increased their calories, and the other group's calorie consumption decreased ignificantly.

Also important, the hormone which signals us to stop eating increased nearly 30 percent in the group that took pre biotics.

Researchers say being overweight or obese not only impacts physical health with diabetes , the immune system and other illnesses. It also impacts a person's sense of well being and self esteem.

Details of the study can be found HERE

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