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Study finds fiber's a factor in hunger

Conventional wisdom has always emphasized that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it provides energy to get through the morning at peak efficiency. New research also underscores the importance of food choice to hunger later in the day.

At the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center, 33 healthy adults, 24 to 59, were randomly assigned various meals for breakfast.

At 7:30 a.m. some ate cereal with no fiber; others ate cereal ith 11 grams of fiber per serving. At 11 a.m. all participants were offered an unlimited buffet.

What they learned was that eating a high-fiber cereal helped participants cut about 150 calories from breakfast and lunch. This was, in part, because high fiber cereals contain fewer calories per serving, and in part, because fiber can decrease appetite.

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