Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Enough to Eat' Food May Hit Shelves

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Enough to Eat' Food May Hit Shelves

Article excerpt

FAT-FIGHTING ready meals and snacks containing appetite suppressants could soon be appearing in supermarkets.

Scientists are already developing natural food additives that interfere with digestion to curb hunger.

In as little as two years, these could be finding their way into a variety of convenience foods.

The products' selling point would be that they help prevent weight gain.

At the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, experts are experimenting with certain kinds of natural fatty molecules called lipids, found in plant leaves and cereals.

The molecules block the breakdown of fat in the gut, triggering a hormonal response which sends a message to the brain that the body has eaten enough.

Researchers hope the hunger-busting lipids will be incorporated into a wide range of foods including "moreish" products such as cakes and biscuits.

Manufacturers may have to be persuaded to make foods people want to eat less of, but could be convinced by the marketing potential of satisfying snacks that help slimming. …

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