In a new study from Chalmers University of Technology, researchers found eating whole grain rye products instead of refined wheat alternatives can offer worthwhile health benefits.
They found that people who ate high-fiber products made from whole grain rye lost more body fat and overall weight than those who ate corresponding products made from refined wheat.
Obesity and excess weight are among the biggest health challenges in the world and require many different measures.
One idea is to develop foods that contribute to an increased feeling of fullness and have positive effects on metabolism.
Previous studies have observed that those who eat rye, which has a very high content of dietary fiber, feel more full than those who eat the corresponding amount of energy in the form of refined wheat.
One of the purposes of this study was therefore to investigate this potential link between increased intake of rye and weight loss.
The current study included 242 overweight men and women between the ages of 30 and 70 who were assigned carefully adjusted daily amounts of refined wheat or whole-grain rye products with the same energy value.
Although both the rye and wheat groups lost weight during the study, those who ate rye products lost an average of one kilogram more than those who ate wheat products, with the difference attributable to fat loss.
The team says different people can react to the same foods in different ways, depending on, for example, the particular bacteria present in the gut, and the way they break down.
Although there is an overall difference in weight loss between the rye and the wheat group, there was also a very large variation within those groups.
Increasing the understanding of why different people respond differently to the same foods can pave the way for more specifically tailored diets based on individual needs.
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The study is published in Clinical Nutrition. One author of the study is Kia Nøhr Iversen.
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