Seaweed could cut obesity levels

New research has suggested the seaweed could be used to tackle obesity levels.

According to the latest statistics from the Department of Health, around 60 per cent of adults in England are obese.

However, new research may provide a simple solution to this issue.

A team of scientists from Newcastle University have revealed that adding seaweed to the diet can reduce the fat uptake from food by as much as 75 per cent.

The co-leader of the study Dr Ian Brownlee said that seaweed was the best fat absorber out of the 60 natural fibres which the team measured on an artificial gut.

He commented: "This suggests that if we can add the natural fibre to products commonly eaten daily - such as bread, biscuits and yoghurts – up to three quarters of the fat contained in that meal could simply pass through the body.

"We have already added the alginate to bread and initial taste tests have been extremely encouraging. Now, the next step is to carry out clinical trials to find out how effective they are when eaten as part of a normal diet."

The research is part of a three year project which was prompted by new regulations set out by the European Food Safety Authority stating that "health claims made on a food label should be substantiated by scientific evidence".

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