Science Explains The Odd Relationship Between Artichokes and Burning Fat

Men's Health UK
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There’s far more to this antipasto staple than how well it goes with mozzarella balls. First, artichokes are a type of thistle, not a vegetable (remember that for your next Zoom quiz). Second, they can supercharge your digestive system, weeding out your risk of weight gain. According to a review by scientists at Cairo University, a naturally occurring compound in the plant, cynarin, boosts your ability to break down fats.

Artichokes launch a two-pronged attack on your spare tyre. The bacteria in your gut – collectively known as your microbiome – affect how different foods are digested. When they’re working properly, they play a key role in the production of hormones that make you feel full.

A poor diet causes a reduction in the diversity of your gut bacteria negatively impacting the way you absorb food and store fat. As well as cynarin, artichokes contain inulin, a fibre that works as a prebiotic, promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria and keeping your microbiome in balance.

In a separate study conducted in Canada, researchers were able to prevent the growth of new fat in overweight children by giving them a 4g dose of inulin each day. It worked by boosting the population of friendly gut bacteria, at the expense of less beneficial micro- organisms. So, reach for a jar ahead of your next Mediterranean feast. Just remember to go easy on those mozzarella balls...

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