Do plant-based meals leave people hungry?

Plant-based meals lead to satiety, and are even more filling that meat, shows a new study

Plant-based meals lead to satiety, and are even more filling that meat, shows a new study

Some cuisines have a reputation for being filling. The common belief, though, is that plant-based, vegan or vegetarian meals are exactly the opposite, and that plant eaters, much like grazing herbivores, are always hungry, always looking for something to eat.

A new study in Food and Nutrition debunks this myth.

Researchers fed 43 young men patties made with either beans and peas or veal and pork -- neither the researchers nor the volunteers knew what was in the meal, and the patties had the same calorie count.

The vegetable based meal caused more satiety, and the men eating it consumed 12% fewer calories in their next meal compared to the meat-based meal.

Is it the higher fiber in the plant-based meal that helps satiety? 

Regardless, satiety and hunger are -- at least in part -- in our minds, and it's time to shed that old myth that only meat can keep a young man full.

Dr. Ayala