Washington: A proof-of-concept clinical trial of an “anti-hunger” ingredient for yogurt, fruit shakes, smoothies and other foods that would make people feel full longer and ease the craving to eat has shown promising results, researchers say.According to scientist, the ingredient, which is a new version of a food additive, has been in use for more than 50 years.The potential new tool in the battle of the bulge is methyl cellulose, a white powder that dissolves in cold water to form a thick solution that turns into a “gel” or gelatin-like material upon heating.Methyl cellulose provides a pleasant texture and holds together the ingredients in hundreds of food products like baked goods, sweet and savoury snacks and ready meals.Carsten Huettermann, Ph.D., said that this is the first use of methyl cellulose as a satiety ingredient in food.“This ingredient would make people feel full after eating smaller amounts of food,” Huettermann said.
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