How does a high-protein diet aid weight loss? Study shines a light on D-Phenylalanine
A number of studies have suggested a diet high in protein can aid weight loss. Now, researchers have shed light on the underlying mechanisms of this association, which may open the door to new preventive and treatment strategies for obesity. In a new pilot study, researchers from Imperial College London in the United Kingdom reveal how phenylalanine - an amino acid produced by the digestion of protein - boosts levels of a hormone that tells us when we are full, leading to reduced food intake.