If at least once you have been looking for an effective way to lose a few kilos, then you have certainly found various weight loss diets that include pectin.
Is it really possible to lose weight with the help of pectin? Let’s see!
But before that… Wha is pectin?
Pectin is a complex carbohydrate, a plant fiber that is found in the peel of most plants (apples, citrus fruits, plums). Apples have the highest content of pectin, and that’s why when we think of pectin the first thing that comes to our mind is this fruit.
You can make apple pectin at home (we will snow you later), as well as you can find this product in almost every store in the form of powder or pectin tablets. The main function of pectin is as jelling, thickening agent and stabilizer of food.
What makes the weight loss with pectin possible are its characteristics.
Pectin has zero fats and zero calories, and it is rich in sodium, useful carbohydrates, manganese,copper, zinc and dietary fiber.
However, its power to affect weight comes from being a soluble fiber. Like other types of soluble fibers, pectin absorbs water and forms viscose mass that passes through the stomach and the small intestine undecomposed.
Once it reaches the colon, pectin adds moisture to the excrements, then ferments completely under the influence of bacteria in the colon and thus maintains the good bacteria and cleanses the colon from the remaining excrements that have accumulated.
Pectin also has the ability to control the appetite. How does this work?When it enters the body and absorbs the water, it expands and „fills” the stomach, which in turn activates specific receptors that send signals to the brain identifying that the stomach is already full.So the brain activates the release of hormones that prolong the feeling of satiety.
The jelly mass ofpectin also slows down the emptying of the stomach, which means that food needs more time to leave the stomach and the person to feel hunger again.
As it slows down the passage of food from the stomach to the intestines, it also reduces the speed at which sugar is absorbed into the blood.Maintaining consistent blood sugar levels can help to lose weight in two ways. When the blood sugar levels are low, then you feel hunger and want to eat something in order to increase the blood sugar level.
If blood sugar levels are too high, then you release insulin, which has the property of protecting the body from burning the stored calories and fats. Thanks to the pectin, the blood sugar levels are maintained within the normal range, which means that you will look for food not as often as before, and this will have positive effect on your weight.
How to consume pectin?
Since the taste of pectin is not particularly pleasant, you can dissolvea spoon of pectin in a glass of waterand drink it quickly. If you want to improve its taste a little bit, you can mix a spoon of pectin with a spoon of honey and consume it in this form or, you can dissolve it in some yoghurt, then add honey and eat it for breakfast.
For weight loss with the help of pectin, it is recommended to consume this food supplement 3 times a day before eating for a period of 3 months.
There is no information that apple pectin has any special contraindications, but before use it is advisable to consult a doctor. The supplementis not recommended for use during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
Other benefits of apple pectin
It has a good effect on skin
If you want your skin to be young, healthy and smooth, then the answer is pectin. It has effect on thechanges in the skin structure, which are inevitable in aging. Moreover, it maintains the skin hydrated and with good complexion.
Apple pectin contains large amounts of vitamins А and С, and potassium, which promote the growth of the skin cells and increase its natural protection. Last but not least, pectin fights successfully with free radicals and it has a soothing and refreshing effect.
Improves the function of the heart
Regular consumption of apple pectin is very good for the heart. Studies show that it protects the heart against ischemic disease and decrease the levels of cholesterol in the blood.
Helps in diabetes
Apple pectin controls the blood sugar levels. It slows down the absorption of sugar and fats. This means lower blood sugar levels and reduction of the insulin production.
Because pectin is a soluble fiber, it is able to regulate the entire digestive system and to improve the bowel function. Moreover,it helps to reduce inflammations associated with constipation or diarrhea. It also balances the acidity in the colon and helps to relieve stomach – intestinal problems such as colitis, irritable bowel and others.
Improves the memory and concentration
The use of apple pectin reduces the risk of developing theAlcheimer‘s disease andslows down the process of decreasing the strength of memory, which is inevitable with age.
Furthermore, it increases the production ofacetylcholine. This is a chemical that transmits messages between the nerve cells in the brain. Pectin protects also brain cells from the harmful effects of free radicals.
It strengthens the hair and makes it glossy and thick
If you suffer from hair loss or baldness, pectin is also to help you reduce these processes. The supplement promotes the hair growth and makes it grow faster and healthier.
Weight loss with pectin – what kind to use – natural or supplement?
Of course, in the dried powdered form in which pectin is available, there are not so many natural vitamins and minerals, but if you can’tprepare yourself a home-made pectin, then this type that is sold in powdered form or pectin tablets will do the job.
If you want to prepare a pectin for weight loss, here is how to do it at home:
- 3 kilograms of apples (cut into cubes with peel and core)
- 4 glasses of water
- 2 tablespons of lemon juice
Place the chopped apples in a large bowl, pour water and add lemon juice. Leave the apples to boil for about 30 minutes (the amount of water should be reduced by half). Then strain the apples through a cheese-cloth. Then leave the resulting juice to boil for another 20 minutes. Fill the juice into jars, make sure that they are tightly closed.
You already have a home-made pectin and you can see for yourself whether is possible to lose weight with it or not.