Satiety following intake of potatoes and other carbohydrate test meals

Ann Nutr Metab. 2013;62(1):37-43. doi: 10.1159/000342638. Epub 2012 Dec 4.


Background and aims: The study investigated satiation and satiety following intake of starch-rich side dishes representing a range of glycemic indices (GIs).

Methods: Twelve normal-weight (BMI = 22.4 ± SD 2.0) participants (6 male, 6 female, 22-30 years) received one of four side dishes or white bread (GI reference) in randomized order on five mornings, followed by an ad libitum lunch. Blood draws prior to test meal and during the 2 h before lunch measured plasma glucose and insulin concentrations. GI was calculated from glucose incremental area under the curve (AUC). Hunger, fullness, desire to eat and prospective consumption were rated just before blood draws.

Results: No significant difference was found in hunger or fullness AUCs between test meals. Both potato meals yielded lower desire to eat compared to pasta throughout the 2-hour period (p = 0.002). Total lunch energy intake did not differ. No significant correlations were found between test meal GI and ratings of hunger, fullness or energy intake at lunch meal.

Conclusions: GI of energy-equivalent test meals did not predict satiety or lunch meal intake. There was evidence of reduced appetite following both potato meals relative to the other carbohydrate side dishes but no differences in subsequent intake.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Appetite
  • Area Under Curve
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Body Mass Index
  • Dietary Carbohydrates / administration & dosage*
  • Energy Intake
  • Female
  • Glycemic Index
  • Humans
  • Hunger
  • Insulin / blood
  • Male
  • Meals
  • Prospective Studies
  • Satiation*
  • Solanum tuberosum / chemistry*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult


  • Blood Glucose
  • Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Insulin