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Chicken and satiety

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Why does Chicken fill me quicker than beef? I could easily eat a pound a ground beef 3x's a day if I wanted to, but I can't finish two baked chicken breasts with feeling full.

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on June 20, 2012
at 07:31 PM

I think You just gave me my first n=1 experiment. Thanks for the info.

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on June 20, 2012
at 06:30 PM

what happens when you eat a bunch of fat w/ the chicken, such as bacon and avocado?

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I just did this! I can't judge my eating of chicken thighs, but eating chicken breasts gives me no problem.

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I could eat a half chicken easily!

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:09 PM

I'm the same- could eat far more chicken breast (in terms of either mass, protein or calories) than beef.

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on June 20, 2012
at 04:40 PM

I agree with you that chicken is very filling and more so than beef, but I don't know how actuate the protein:fat ratio thing is. I think it more has to do with palatability, as chicken breast is very dry and bland. Shrimp has a similar and maybe even high protein:fat ratio, and I could easily eat a 1lb of shrimp. Personally I can't get past much more than 6oz of chicken breast.

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on June 20, 2012
at 04:36 PM

I agree. Of all the foods I've eaten, plain chicken breast is the most satiating. Wings on the other hand...

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on June 20, 2012
at 04:18 PM

really? I find the opposite.

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on June 20, 2012
at 04:45 PM

Robb Wolf has been talking about this recently. It is because, he says, the body is finely attuned to manage protein and the threat of protein toxicity. To break down protein we require fat and some other co-factors. Chicken breast is, relative to fattier meats, straight protein. So with chicken breast your body reacts fairly quickly by shutting down your desire to consume more. You'll notice, however, that dark meat chicken is more like fatty beef: you can eat a lot of it until your stomach hurts. That's at least my experience, and it chimes with Wolf's protein toxicity protection story.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 20, 2012
at 07:31 PM

I think You just gave me my first n=1 experiment. Thanks for the info.

3960d381831b80ad96164f34e2ab6030

(565)

on June 20, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I just did this! I can't judge my eating of chicken thighs, but eating chicken breasts gives me no problem.

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on June 20, 2012
at 08:21 PM

I think you're comparing apples and oranges. You should compare chicken breast to a lean steak. Or compare 90/10 ground beef to 90/10 ground chicken.

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on June 20, 2012
at 04:16 PM

I think I experience the same... maybe because chicken breast is higher ratio protein:fat wise and protein more satiating (and promotes glucagon right?)...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on June 20, 2012
at 04:36 PM

I agree. Of all the foods I've eaten, plain chicken breast is the most satiating. Wings on the other hand...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 20, 2012
at 04:40 PM

I agree with you that chicken is very filling and more so than beef, but I don't know how actuate the protein:fat ratio thing is. I think it more has to do with palatability, as chicken breast is very dry and bland. Shrimp has a similar and maybe even high protein:fat ratio, and I could easily eat a 1lb of shrimp. Personally I can't get past much more than 6oz of chicken breast.

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on June 20, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Jaminet has some pretty compelling rat studies which show that rats eat enough food to meet their protein needs and no more. If the rats are not eating enough carbohydrate to meet the glucose needs of their central nervous system, they automatically increase their protein intake to fuel gluconeogenesis.

When their meals are high-carb low-protein they end up eating more total calories, than when eating a high-protein mix.

Jaminet also says that this explains why, across all cultures and diets, people end up eating about 15% of their energy intake as protein.

So the answer is, that you appetite is finely tuned to make sure that you get exactly the right amount of protein. Chicken breast is almost pure protein, which is why you stop feeling hungry after eating a little bit of it.

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Sometimes the appetite is satiated because you've gotten the nutrition you need. Sometimes the appetite disappears because you are eating cardboard and making the appetite disappear seems to be most effective way to get you to stop.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on June 20, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I am the same way. I susupect because it is drier and less palatable.

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