London: Want to shed those extra kilos? Have a glass of seaweed shake every morning, as scientists say it will suppress your hunger pangs and help you feel full for along period. Researchers at the Unilever Research & Development inVlaardingen, the Netherlands, found that adding the seaweed extract alginate to a chocolate milkshake reduces hunger of study participants by nearly 30 per cent. Harry Peters, who led the research, said: "Many differentdiets and diet programmes can be effective in reducing weight. "However, many subjects fail to adhere to these diets andthe reduction in weight is therefore not achieved or maintained," Peters was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "Delaying the return of hunger after consumption can potentially increase consumer satisfaction with weight control programmes and reduced-energy food products and encourage long-term compliance with a reduced-energy diet."
The scientists, who detailed their study in the journal Obesity, said their findings pave the way for a range of foods that keep us feeling fuller for longer and make it easier toresist snacks between meals. The research, however, did not look at whether those who drank the alginate shakes ate less for lunch. PTI
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