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Study: Eating peanut butter, peanuts at breakfast can help control hunger all day

BY Jason Owen

ALBANY, Ga. — A new study, released in the current British Journal of Nutrition, showed that consuming peanut butter or peanuts for breakfast can control blood-sugar throughout most of the day, even after eating a high-carbohydrate lunch. In addition to this "second meal effect," peanuts and peanut butter caused a significant reduction in the desire to eat for up to 12 hours and a significant increase in the secretion of the hormone PYY that promotes satiety and feelings of fullness.

The study, "Acute and second-meal effects of peanuts on glycaemic response and appetite in obese women with Type 2 diabetes risk: A randomized cross-over clinical trial," was conducted jointly by Purdue University and the Federal University of Vicosa in Brazil. The principal investigator, Dr. Richard Mattes of Purdue University, explained, "If you include peanut butter or peanuts at breakfast, you not only diminish the rise in blood-sugar at breakfast but also again after lunch, helping to reduce blood sugar over a very large portion of the day."

During three phases of the study, 1.5 oz. of peanuts, 3 Tbs of peanut butter or no peanuts or peanut butter were consumed with a breakfast consisting of orange juice and cream of wheat, followed by a lunch consisting of white bread and strawberry jam. Blood samples and appetite ratings were taken over a series of three hours following breakfast and again after lunch to assess glucose control and satiety; participants were also asked to keep a food diary for the remainder of the day after leaving the testing site.

Results showed that peanut butter or peanuts included with breakfast promotes secretion of the appetite-suppressing hormone peptide YY (PYY). In addition, participants who consumed peanut butter or peanuts with breakfast reported a lower desire to eat for up to 8 to 12 hours later and maintained lower blood-sugar following a high carbohydrate lunch compared to participants that did not include peanut butter or peanuts. Peanut butter had a slightly stronger effect, possibly because the cell walls of the peanut are ruptured during processing and may help slow the rate that carbohydrates are absorbed from the gut, resulting in a lower glycaemic response in the blood.

The researchers suggest that it is the synergy of components in peanuts, including the high protein, high fiber and healthy oils, that help to maintain blood-sugar control, as well as contribute to feelings of fullness. According to the latest USDA National Nutrient Database, peanuts contain more protein than any other nut, with about 8g of protein per 1-oz. portion, and they are also a good source of fiber with about 2.5 g of fiber per 1-oz. serving.

"Combined with findings from other work, this new research provides additional reasons to start your day with peanut butter and include a snack of peanuts in the late afternoon if you want to control your appetite and blood sugar, too," said Pat Kearney, MEd, RD, program director for The Peanut Institute.

Peanut butter and peanuts are an easy, cost-effective way to add more nutrition to breakfast or snacks every day. Try pairing a whole grain bagel with peanut butter instead of butter or cream cheese, or add a handful of peanuts to oatmeal for a great, high fiber, high protein meal option that will keep you feeling fuller longer.

The Peanut Institute is a non-profit organization that supports nutrition research and develops educational programs to encourage healthful lifestyles. Learn more about peanuts and health at www.peanut-institute.org.


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Teva to acquire MicroDose for up to $165 million

BY Alaric DeArment

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will spend up to $165 million to buy a company developing a drug to prevent viral respiratory infections.

Teva said it would acquire MicroDose Therapeutx for $40 million, plus up to $125 million in milestone payments and sales milestones and royalties from its lead product, MDT-637, an inhaled treatment for respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

"I am thrilled tha tTeva can now count the exciting MicroDose products and technologies amongst our growing respiratory portfolio," Teva chief scientific officer and president for global research and development Michael Hayden said. "The MicroDose platform is both simple and attractive, and their addition will help us to address the unmet needs of the youngest and oldest patients, who have a requirement for a better way of taking the medicines they rely upon."

 

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Better Oats expands Oat Revolution line

BY Jason Owen

MINNEAPOLIS — Better Oats announced today the addition of three new steel-cut instant oatmeal varieties to the brand’s Oat Revolution line. The new oatmeal is one of the fastest cooking steel-cut oats products on the market, allowing consumers to enjoy all the taste, flavor and health attributes of steel cut oats in just two and a half minutes cook time.

Available in three varieties, the new Oat Revolution steel-cut oats have flaxseed and carry the 100% Whole Grain stamp from the Whole Grains Council. They’re also a good source of fiber and ALA omega-3, and are considered heart healthy.

"This innovative new oatmeal is great for busy people who want the taste and texture of slow-cook steel-cut oatmeal, as well as the speed of cooking by microwave,” said Linda Fisher, director of corporate communications for MOM Brands, the parent company of Better Oats. “What makes this oatmeal even more convenient is the built-in measuring cup pouch — just another way we’re finding better ways to make a better breakfast.”

The new varieties of Oat Revolution steel-cut oatmeal are currently available at more than 1,000 Kroger and Safeway stores, including Dominick’s, Randalls, Dillon’s and Fred Meyer. The steel cut oats also will be hitting shelves at other retailers nationwide over the next several months. Check the MOM Brands online store locator to find a retailer near you. Varieties include:

  • Oat Revolution Steel Cut Maple & Brown Sugar;
  • Oat Revolution Steel Cut Classic; and
  • Oat Revolution Steel Cut Apples & Cinnamon.

The Better Oats instant oatmeal brand was introduced in 2010 as part of MOM Brands’ growing brand portfolio. All 12 of the company’s brands are available in major supermarkets, specialty grocers and superstores nationwide.


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