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Kelp contains a fiber that slows fat intake in the body more effectively than anti-obesity drugs

Saturday, March 29, 2014 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: kelp, fat intake, anti-obesity drugs


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(NaturalNews) Kelp, a variety of sea vegetable, is common in many kinds of Asian cuisine. Its high fiber content, high iodine content and fast rate of growth have already made it a food of interest to researchers working to develop food sources to combat malnutrition around the world.

But kelp may also work wonders in the overfed parts of the world, as one of its fibers is a more effective anti-obesity agent than any over-the-counter weight-loss drug.

The fiber, known as alginate, is already used in tiny doses as a thickener and stabilizer in many processed foods. When scientists tested it in higher concentrations, they found that alginate reduced the body's fat uptake by 75 percent.

The research suggests that kelp may be able to address both of the major problems underlying Western (mal)nutrition: excessive energy intake and deficient nutrient intake.

Kelp is available fresh or dried from many Asian markets and health food stores.

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