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Fat as a Factor for Satiety

It is already a known fact that that fat is digested slowly. This means there is a slow release of the fat molecules from the food, with a slower emptying of both the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine than there would be if no fat was present in the food. As a result of the presence of fat storage in the small intestine, special hormones are produced and they avoid the hunger contractions. This role of delaying the inception of hunger is thought to be helpful for dieters; thus, a careful balance of fat in the diet becomes vital for someone trying to lose weight. Too much fat in the diet and the loss of weight is thwarted; too little and the hunger pangs play havoc with good intentions and frequently lead to overeating carbohydrates.

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