You’re there at dinner. You’ve cleaned your plate of whatever deliciousness you whipped up. You’re satisfied, yet you want more. But you know that as soon as you finish that second helping, you’ll be uncomfortably full. Have-to-unzip-your-pants full. Is there any way to help you resist the temptation to scoop up more while you wait for your brain to catch up to what you’ve already eaten? MealEnders signaling lozenges are trying to do just that.
The lozenges come in four flavors — Chocolate Mint, Citrus, Mocha and Cinnamon. They have a softer outer layer that dissolves, giving way to a hard-candy inside. They last about 20 minutes — long enough to let your brain register that you’ve eaten enough.
Why not just try hard candy or a mint? Glad you asked. The lozenges have what the company calls a “duo-sensory taste system.” The outer layer gives you a dessert-like sweetness, which helps to signal that you’ve moved on from dinner. The hard candy “active-taste layer” kicks up a tingling sensation on the tongue, which is supposed to engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue eating. It’s kind of like a long-lasting, tingly palate cleanser. You can use them after a meal or maybe when you’re tempted to go for a late-night snack that you don’t need.
On the whole, I was lukewarm to the whole idea. The taste was fine, and they’re only 15 calories with only a couple of grams of sugar. But the tingly sensation is a little weird and foreign — although it does do the trick in getting your mind off that second helping or snack. My big hang-up is that I wouldn’t want to be reliant on something like this to stop eating — it feels like a crutch, whereas I’d rather get in touch with my hunger cues on my own without outside help. But if you are someone who struggles to stop eating when you know you’ve had enough or if you eat way too much of a midnight snack as you’re watching TV, I can definitely see how this product could be a step in the right direction for getting in touch with your hunger cues.
Do you pop a mint to “move on” from dinner? Ever tried anything like this? —Erin