Thomas Ramey Watson

Saturated fats turn off the satiety signals in the brain

According to a new study, palmitic acid — a type of saturated fat found in full-fat dairy products — may cause your brain to ignore “I’m full” signals. So you end up going back for more helpings.

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Palmitic acid makes up about 60 percent of the saturated fat we eat.

Which is a good reason to avoid saturated fat as much as possible.

Because when your body gets ahold of palmitic acid, bad things happen.

Just minutes after ingesting it, your body begins to ignore satiety signals.

In the study, researchers found that, almost immediately, bossy palmitic acid dialed down important chemical signals in

the brain that normally help people regulate their appetite.

And I’m-full hormones like insulin and leptin are reduced to a mere whisper, so cells simply ignore their “hey, time to stop eating” messages.

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