A new study may give you an entirely new view of milkshakes.
And of dieting in general.
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, milkshakes can actually keep people satiated between breakfast and lunch.
Why is this helpful?
Because it means they can help people avoid over-snacking during this time period.
The study did not track all that many participants, it should be noted.
After chronicling 15 men who drank milkshakes that were 50 percent carbs, 20 percent protein and 30 percent fat and ranged between 100 and 500 calories, researchers discovered that the milkshakes with the thickest texture - yet lowest calorie count - kept participants fuller for the longest duration.
"The increase in perceived fullness that is due solely to the increased viscosity, which is a phenomenon that we refer to as phantom fullness, may be useful in lowering energy intake," the authors wrote.
How can one thicken up one’s smoothie recipe or milkshake?
In this case, researchers used a food additive (locust bean gum), but they also say you can using guar gum or xatham gum.
You can also freeze banana ... or avocado slices... add oats... or choose Greek yogurt; all of these options will add viscosity and nutrients to your glass.