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Seaweed’s Secret Weight Loss Ingredient

If you’re a sushi fan like I am, you already probably enjoy a roll with seaweed wrapped around it. Well, there’s good reason to enjoy a little of this oceanic algae: new research shows that it has a special kind of fiber that reduces your body’s fat uptake by more than 75 percent.

If you can’t stand the idea of eating seaweed, there will be options, such as bread that will be fortified with the special fiber, which is called alginate.

“This research suggests that if we can add the natural fiber to products commonly eaten daily, such as bread and yogurts, up to three quarters of the fat contained in that meal could simply pass through the body.”

These potentially gut-shrinking findings have been presented at the American Chemical Society’s spring meeting in San Francisco, California.

“This looks interesting, but we could only start recommending it if the scientists were able to provide good evidence based on rigorous trials,” says Dr. David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum in the UK.

In the meantime, if you are an adventurous soul, take a gander at Sea’s Gift Seaweed Snack ($18.90 for a pack of 24). The snack only contains three ingredients: Seaweed, sesame oil, and sea salt. The sheets are paper-thin and crunchy. Reviews are positive, some saying that it’s like eating a potato chip.

(via: BBC and VitalJuice)

April 19th, 2010

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