Plant-Based Burgers More Filling Than Meat

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December 14, 2016

New research shows that bean-based burgers beat out meat when it comes to satiety.

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen recently conducted studies to determine the satiety levels of consuming a plant-based burger when compared to a meat-based one. 48 healthy men were divided in three meal groups, and fed either one of two plant-based burgers with differing amounts of protein and fiber per 100 grams (9 percent and 10 grams, and 19 percent percent and 25 grams, respectively) or a meat-based burger (19 percent protein and 6 grams of fiber). The participants were then asked to report their levels of satiety and satisfaction. Three hours later, the group was instructed to consume a lunch of pasta bolognese and eat until they felt full. The study results indicate that participants who consumed plant-based burgers reported a higher level of satiety, including those in the lower-protein plant-based category. “It is somewhat contrary to the widespread belief that one ought to consume a large amount of protein, because it increases satiety more,” Univeristy of Copenhagen professor Anne Raben said, continuing, “[…] one can eat a fiber-rich meal with less protein to achieve the same sensation of fullness.” While Raben pointed out that more research is necessary in the field, she concluded that “vegetable-based meals—particularly those based in beans and peas—both can serve as a long term basis for weight-loss as a sustainable eating habit.”

Photo courtesy of Beyond Meat

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