Don’t believe it? This concept might actually be true if an international expert is to be believed. Leslie Korn, Ph.D, took the world by storm by mentioning an unorthodox practice that helps curb junk food craving with such minimal effort.
While this seems like God sent for the ones who like to indulge in gluttony every now and then, nutritionists and dieticians around the world have raised considerable amount of doubts that puts the veracity of it into question.
MH interacted with Celebrity Dietician Jill Mehta, who gave us an insight as to how this works. “A lot has been said about the ‘raisin exercise’ put forth by Leslie Korn and how eating a single raisin causes a significant decrease in the junk food cravings / hunger pangs. It all happens due to a chemical relaxation response called the ‘parasympathetic dominance’ which causes slowing of your heart rate and an increase in GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter that is involved in regulating communication between brain cells. And a hormone called ‘Leptin’, which suppresses hunger and triggers thermogenesis (conversion of calories to body heat).”
“GABA is identified as a key player in the complex brain processes that control and regulate appetite and metabolism. This helps reduce your junk food cravings,” she further added.
Raisins pack more nutrition than their size might intricate. Talking about the health benefits of raisins, Jill said, “Raisins are also a good source of some vitamins and minerals like Pyridoxine (vitamin B6), Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus and Potassium. Apart from the above mentioned benefits, raisins also have cardiovascular benefits by reducing the LDL cholesterol. That being said, it is suggested to not consume a whole bowl of raisins due to their high concentration of sugars.”
So, next time, you get a hunger pang or a junk food craving, just give the ‘raisin exercise’a try and let it work its magic on you.