Chemists in Japan have discovered that brown seaweed?something we don't eat in the US, but which Japanese use extensively to flavor soups and salads?contains a compound which, in animal studies, promotes weight loss by reducing the accumulation of fat. Could this be another reason why the Japanese seem so much slimmer than we do?
Called fucoxanthin, the compound achieved a 5 to 10% weight reduction in test animals and could be developed into a natural extract or drug to help fight obesity. Look for seaweed diet pills soon, but be careful?there will be lots of fakes out there.
The compound targets abdominal fat, the hardest kind to lose and the type of fat that promotes Type II diabetes.
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