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A favorite vegan food is the key to weight loss, according to a new study published in the journal Appetite.
Researchers claim filling up on mushrooms at breakfast (compared to animal foods like bacon or sausages) can help ward off hunger pangs later in the day.
The study, which lasted for 10 days, saw 17 women and 15 men consume two servings of either mushrooms or meat.
They were given either 93 percent lean beef (seven percent fat) or sliced mushrooms. Both groups were given similar amounts of both calories and protein.
According to researchers, those who filled up on mushrooms reported feeling less hungry – and more satiated after a veg-based breakfast, than those who were given meat.
“Previous studies on mushrooms suggest that they can be more satiating than meat, but this effect had not been studied with protein-matched amounts until now,” said study author Professor Joanne Slavin, from the University of Minnesota.
“This study indicates there may be both a nutritional and satiating benefit to either substituting mushrooms for meat in some meals or replacing some of the meat with mushrooms.”
Mary Jo Feeney, of the US Mushroom Council, said: “This new study adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests mushrooms may aid weight management and satiety, and thus contribute to overall wellness.
“Consumers are interested in the benefits of protein food choices, so it’s important for them to know that plant-based sources of protein, such as mushrooms, can be satisfying.”