Monday, March 22, 2010

Seaweed the New Diet Fad?

With obesity on the rise in America, American's are looking for alternatives to diet and exercise. According to Dr Iain Brownlee and Prof Jeff Pearson of Newcastle University,  naturally occurring seaweed may help reduce the amount off fat that is absorbed by the body. The seaweed contains a natural source of dietary fiber called Alginate that helps reduce the amount of fat that is absorbed by the body. The Alginate has been scientifically proven to reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the body than current over the counter treatments available right now. According to the test, the seaweed tests better than white bread and may prevent 75% of the fat eaten during that meal from being absorbed by the body. According to researchers at Sheffield Hallam University, a different type of seaweed can be used instead of salt in preserved foods. This would help decrease the excess salt that is consumed by humans. This could ultimately help reduce future heart problems caused by excessive salt intake. Whether your looking to lose weight or protect your heart, seaweed may be the answer for a healthier lifestyle.

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  1. Very interesting. I have heard of people eating seaweed, but i did not know it was a new fad to fight obesity. I have tried some seaweed before and i did not find it too tasty.

  2. I wonder what species of seaweed contain Alginate? I wonder if the seaweed used in sushi contains Alginate? This might make the seaweed taste a little better than just eating it by itself.

  3. This is very interesting. I have never heard of people eating seaweed to lose weight. I wonder if this idea will become so popular that they start selling a new diet food based on seaweed!