London: A new pill, made from white kidneybeans, can help millions of people shed their extra flab, aBritish pharma company has claimed.
DEcarb contains a very high concentration of phaseolaminthat prevents carbohydrates being converted into sugar andthis means side-effects are virtually eradicated, althoughsome people may suffer flatulence for a few days as thestomach adapts, the company said. In a small study carried out at the University ofScranton, Pennsylvania, a 1.5g tablet cut the amount ofcarbohydrate absorbed in a meal by up to 66 percent. "To lose weight and keep it off, there is no alternativebut to make significant lifestyle changes," explains DrShivakant Upadhyaya, an Indian origin researcher at theBritish pharmaceutical company."DEcarb can help you only for as long as you take it and,of course, you can`t take it for ever. Having said that, weknow that one of the benefits is that it reduces carbohydratecravings," Dr Upadhyaya was quoted as saying. However, Dr Carel le Roux, an obesity specialist atImperial College London, said any product that can reducecarbohydrate consumption so dramatically should be treatedwith caution. He said: "Reducing carbohydrates in an overweightperson`s diet can be very helpful to lower blood sugars. But aproduct that can lower absorption of carbohydrates by 66 percent may have significant side-effects, as the unabsorbed foodwould have to be excreted with smelly consequences. "The body may sense through the upper part of the gutthat carbohydrates were consumed, but if it is not absorbedthe body may increase the cravings that lead toover-consumption." Meanwhile, nutritionists recommend beans as a good sourceof fibre, which will protect against some cancers.PTI
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