Fifteen Healthy Foods That Will Curb Your Appetite (And Stop Mindless Snacking)

green-apples-wallpapersBy Maybelle Morgan |

The next time you find your stomach grumbling between meals, it’s worth knowing that there are many healthy snacks that naturally stave off hunger.

Options like edamame beans or avocado can stop us grazing on foods laden with fat and calories – and even smelling a bar of dark chocolate could be enough to satisfy cravings.

FEMAIL examines the 15 snacks that act as natural appetite suppressants – and stop you reaching for a packet of crisps.


As well as containing healthy fats, nuts are packed full of fibre and protein, which release their energy slowly into the body, keeping you fuller for longer.

According to studies, pine nuts also contain a unique fatty acid called pinolenic acid which also reduces appetite signals in the body.


Oats contains the hormone cholecystokinin, which according to experts helps digestion and reduces appetite in the body.

The starch’s slow impact on blood sugar, along with its soluble fibre, is the key – particularly if you eat them raw.


Packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, avocados are experiencing a boom in popularity.

Scientists at Yeshiva University in New York have also looked at how the oleaic acid contained in avocados activates a brain area that increases the feeling of fullness and satiety.


The little green beans contain folate, manganese, phosphorus and vitamin K, which promote good bone health and weight loss.

They are also high in protein, fibre and water content, which all contribute to sustained feelings of fullness.


Nutrient-rich leafy greens such as kale and spinach contain sac-like membranes called thylakoids, which, according to researchers at Lund University in Sweden, decrease feelings of hunger and help us feel sated.


The antioxidant pectin is found in high-concentration in apples.

As well as regulating digestive movements, it reduces the amount of sugar and calories absorbed into the blood stream after a meal.

This prevents the sugar ‘crash’ that can often leave you craving more food.


In a study in 2010, it was shown that women who ate or even smelled dark chocolate displayed decreased appetites and also showed decreased levels of the ‘hunger hormone’, ghrelin.

It is shown to be a far better option than milk chocolate, which is laden with calories and sugar – and its rich flavour boosts the sense of satiety, which means you consume less.

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Packed with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, flax seed contains dietary fibres which are shown to increase feelings of fullness.

Sprinkle over your cereal or porridge at breakfast to decrease your desire to delay your next bout of hunger pangs.


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  1.' Amy Duran Ballardo says:

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  2.' ellaine says:

    What you eat is what you are! Does the phrase sound familiar? What you put into the mouth will definitely give you the nourishment your body needs… but what happens to the food after? For proper nutrient absorption, prevention of constipation, and other digestive tract obstruction assure that digested food is absorbed and waste properly eliminated… live a healthy and happy life! Try fibrous rich foods: papaya, cardamom,fennel, aloe and wormwood tree!

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