Consuming yellow pea fiber reduces voluntary energy intake and body fat in overweight/obese adults in a 12-week randomized controlled trial

Clin Nutr. 2017 Feb;36(1):126-133. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2015.12.016. Epub 2016 Jan 11.


Background & aims: The purpose of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was to assess the effects of yellow pea fiber intake on body composition and metabolic markers in overweight/obese adults.

Methods: Participants (9 M/41 F; age 44 ± 15 y, BMI 32.9 ± 5.9 kg/m2) received isocaloric doses of placebo (PL) or pea fiber (PF; 15 g/d) wafers for 12 weeks. Outcome measures included changes in anthropometrics, body composition (DXA), oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), food intake (ad libitum lunch buffet), and biochemical indices.

Results: The PF group lost 0.87 ± 0.37 kg of body weight, primarily due to body fat (-0.74 ± 0.26 kg), whereas PL subjects gained 0.40 ± 0.39 kg of weight over the 12 weeks (P = 0.022). The PF group consumed 16% less energy at the follow-up lunch buffet (P = 0.026), whereas the PL group did not change. During the OGTT, glucose area under the curve (AUC) was lower in PF subjects at follow-up (P = 0.029); insulin increased in both groups over time (P = 0.008), but more so in the PL group (38% higher AUC vs. 10% higher in the PF group). There were no differences in gut microbiota between groups.

Conclusions: In the absence of other lifestyle changes, incorporating 15 g/day yellow pea fiber may yield small but significant metabolic benefits and aid in obesity management. Clinical Trial Registry: NCT01719900.

Keywords: Body weight; Dried peas; Functional food; Legume; Obesity.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adiposity*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Body Composition
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight
  • Diet*
  • Dietary Fiber / administration & dosage*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Energy Intake
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Humans
  • Insulin / blood
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / diet therapy*
  • Overweight / diet therapy*
  • Peas / chemistry*
  • Young Adult


  • Blood Glucose
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Insulin

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