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Why does eating soup make me feel so full?

Eating soup can keep you feeling fuller for longer thanks to its high water volume. So, why doesn't drinking water with your meal have the same effect?

Asked by: Richard Butcher, Lancaster

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If you drink water with your meal, it passes straight through the pyloric sphincter at the bottom of your stomach and into the intestines. That same amount of water, blended with your food to turn it into soup, will be retained in the stomach while the solid nutrients are digested. The stretching of the stomach wall suppresses the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin, so you feel full for longer.


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