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Common Food Ingredient From The Sea Acts As Super Dietary Fat-Absorber

March 22, 2010: 03:38 AM EST
A team of scientists at Newcastle University (UK) has found in lab experiments that a natural dietary fiber known as alginate (found in seaweed) can prevent absorption of fat better than most anti-obesity products currently on the market. Using an artificial gut to test the performance of more than 60 natural fibers, the researchers measured fat digested and absorbed, finding that the kelp fiber absorbed as much as 75 percent of fat. The food industry already uses small amounts of alginates in foods as thickeners and stabilizers. But the research team wants to find out whether adding seaweed fiber to foods like bread will actually promote weight loss while eating. An early encouraging result: a blind taste test found that alginate-based bread had better texture and richness than standard white bread.
"Seaweed to tackle rising tide of obesity", Newcastle University, March 22, 2010, © Newcastle University
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