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Mar 23, 2010 4:26 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

British scientists say kelp may hold key to weight loss

The next great weight loss fad just may be kelp. Seaweed. Scientists at Newcastle University in Britain claim that fiber found in sea kelp can stop our body absorbing up to 75-percent of fat.

Specifically, a natural fiber called alginate found in some sea kelp.

In clinical tests it reduced fat absorption 75 percent. And it doesn't stop with bread. Prof Jeff Pearson said, "You can add it to almost anything - it doesn't taste or smell of anything - so you can add it to dairy products,...yogurts, cheese, you can put it in biscuits...potentially the sky's the limit with what you can incorporate it in anything."

Tests do show that the alginate is more effective than many over the counter weight loss products. It's not yet available in stores, but kelp products may be purchased. Think: California rolls.

 

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