Diet Secrets in the Seaweed

Diet Secrets in the Seaweed - Seaweed can be an important element in weight loss efforts, said experts.


Scientists at Newcastle University, said alginate component found in seaweeds can reduce fat digestion in the intestines.

The results of research published in the journal Food Chemistry, shows that one type of alginate may decrease the absorption of fat by 75 percent.

Although not regarded as sufficient food is delicious, the expert suggests that the natural fiber found in seaweed could be the key to successful weight loss.

Lead researcher, Professor Jeff Pearson, of the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biotechnology, University of Newcastle, said: "We tried adding alginate to bread and initial tests show some very encouraging."

Overcome obesity?

Now the next step is to conduct clinical trials to determine how effective the alginate when eaten as part of a normal diet.

Researchers in this trial investigating the ability of alginates to reduce the fat that is broken down by digestion by enzymes, pancreatic lipase.

The fewer of these enzymes work, the absorption of fat will be less.

Meanwhile, they say it can help fight obesity, dieticians others say the best way to avoid too much fat absorption is to keep reducing the amount of fat intake per day.

Obesity is becoming a growing threat, especially in developing countries, says a report of a research institute in the United Kingdom.