Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Can Seaweed Make Us Slim?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Can Seaweed Make Us Slim?

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Byline: By Craig Thompson

A junk food diet that could be good for your health?

It sounds too good to be true, but scientists at Newcastle University think they have cracked it.

The researchers believe extracts from an exotic seaweed could help reduce obesity.

But super-slimmers from across the North East today warned people not to get too excited, claiming the only way to lose weight is to ditch the doughnuts and eat a balanced diet.

According to the scientists, a substance called alginate can be extracted from seaweed and used to increase the fibre content of burgers, pies, cakes and other fatty foods that many of us are hooked on.

But weight-watchers from the area are not so confident.

Paul Sharpe, 32, from Linden Park, Killingworth, has spent much of his life battling with his weight.

He said: "Wow, it sounds like a miracle. Who would of thought you could eat junk food and still stay healthy?

"But, I suppose, like with so many of these `miracle' cures, you have to be realistic.

"If it does work, that's fantastic but I won't be trying it out. As far as I'm concerned, the only way to lose weight is to stick to a balanced and nutritional diet."

Paul, an account manager, enjoyed eating burgers and crisps for years before he finally reached his target weight of 11 stones through a strict slimming programme.

He added: "There is a massive market out there and people are desperate to lose weight so I'm sure some will see this as a major breakthrough."

The Newcastle researchers believe the seaweed will be a valuable weapon in the international battle against obesity, diabetes, heart problems and diseases such as bowel cancer.

Alginate, which is high in fibre, strengthens the mucus lining the gut wall, affecting the speed with which nutrients are absorbed by the body.

Seaweed found in the Far East, South America and parts of Norway and Scotland is processed in a laboratory to produce alginate in the form of a tasteless and odourless off-white coloured powder. …

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