Olive Oil and Hunger; How Do the Two Relate?

Question by The Boosh: Olive Oil and Hunger; How do the Two Relate?
My friend and I got into a heated debate last night about olive oil and how it effects your hunger. We both agreed that taking a shot of the stuff gets rid of your hunger sometimes, but he was led to believe that this is because it slows down you metabolism. I differed and said that the hunger goes away because the olive oil causes your body to release hormones which regulate the feeling of hunger. Maybe we’re both right, maybe we’re both wrong, or somewhere in between. Can anyone explain how olive oil effects hunger, to me?

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Answer by HI
YOU are correct, not your friend.

The fatty acid, which is also found in nuts and avocados, triggers a reaction in the body that staves off hunger pangs and tells the brain: “I feel full.”

Scientists believe the same signalling pathway could be targeted by drugs to control appetite and treat obesity.

Only unsaturated fats containing the oleic acid regulate food consumption in this way, the research found.

Saturated fats which are abundant in processed foods and lack oleic acid upset the system and encourage more eating.

Dr Danielle Piomelli, one of the scientists from the University of California at Irvine, said: “This is just one of many things that control it. That said, a system like this could be forced to inactivation by inappropriate feeding.”

Work on rats showed that when oleic acid reaches the small intestine it is converted into a fatty lipid hormone called oleoylethanolamide (OEA).

OEA in turn stimulates nerves that send messages to the brain warding off the next round of hunger pangs.

Dr Piomelli previously demonstrated that OEA not only curbs appetite but reduces weight and lowers levels of cholesterol and harmful triglyceride in the blood.

The new research showed for the first time that an ingredient in unsaturated fats such as olive oil stimulates OEA production.

Protein and carbohydrates did not have the same effect.

Drugs that mimic the action of OEA or prevent it being lost could help control the appetites of people who are overweight or obese, the researchers believe.

Writing in the journal Cell Metabolism, they concluded: “Our studies identify OEA as a key physiological signal that specifically links dietary fat ingestion to across-meal satiety.

“Nutritional and pharmacological strategies aimed at magnifying this lipid-sensing mechanism, such as inhibitors of OEA degradation, might be useful in the treatment of obesity and other eating disorders.”

Answer by c_kado
I think you’re just filling your stomach with oil,which just takes up space and ends up digested or passed through your system. healthier than regular oil but not by much.

on a side note-Olive Oyl-that bitch was skinny

I think something was medically wrong with her,but then again,look at popeye.

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