A study published in the journal Nutrients, has found that meat-free meals keep you fuller for longer, particularly vegan meals. The research also found that a plant-based diet regulated blood sugar, and promotes gut hormones that are beneficial to the digestive system.
Researchers studied the hormone levels of 60 male participants. Of these, 20 had type 2 diabetes, 20 were obese and 20 who were healthy. They gave them each a vegan meal on one day and a meal containing meat and cheese on separate days. Both meals had the same amount of calories and macronutrients.
The results saw the vegan meal increase the beneficial gastrointestinal hormones for all three groups of men. Dr Hana Kahleova, author of the study, said: “These beneficial gut hormones can help keep weight down, enhance insulin secretion, regulate blood sugar, and keep us feeling full longer.”
Dr Kahleova added: “The fact that simple meal choices can increase the secretion of these healthy hormones has important implications for those with type 2 diabetes or weight problems.”
Participants of the study also said that the vegan meal made them feel fuller for longer, compared to the non-vegan meal.
Vegan diets are known for the health benefits they have, including a reduced risk of certain cancers, and the increase of fibre in this diet as it is only found in plant-based food.
Plant-based food and its relationship with diabetes is widely recognised, with a vegan diet helping to regulate blood sugars and avoid spikes and dips in levels.