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'Anti-hunger' Yogurts, Smoothies Fight Fat

Thursday, 23 August 2012 09:58 AM

Food scientists have developed new varieties of yogurt, smoothies and fruit shakes, enhanced with an "anti-hunger" additive, that they said could become powerful new dietary weapons in the nation’s battle against obesity – making people who eat such products feel full sooner and longer.
Tests of foods made with the appetite-killing ingredient – a new version of the food additive methyl cellulose, which has been used more than 50 years – were detailed at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia this week.
"This ingredient would make people feel full after eating smaller amounts of food," said Carsten Huettermann, with Dow Wolff Cellulosics of Germany, which manufactures methyl cellulose. "With that sense of fullness and hunger-satisfaction, they would not crave more food. In our first study, we saw that fewer calories were consumed at the following meal after eating our new product. Our next step now is to investigate in further studies the mechanism of action and whether this may have an impact on weight management."
Methyl cellulose is a white powder that dissolves in cold water to form a thick solution that turns into a gelatin-like material when headed. It is currently used to hold together the ingredients in hundreds of food products like baked goods, sweet and savory snacks and ready meals.
The new version of methyl cellulose, named SATISFIT-LTG, showed promise for doing that in a controlled clinical trial that Huettermann discussed at the meeting. He is with Dow Wolff Cellulosics in Bomlitz, Germany, which manufactures methyl cellulose.
Huettermann said researchers tested food products made with the new version of methyl cellulose, named SATISFIT-LTG, on a group volunteers to determine its effects and appeal. Volunteers experienced a lasting reduction in hunger after consuming the products, researchers said. They also consumed significantly fewer calories at their next meal after eating the SATISFIT-LTG foods.
Huettermann noted SATISFIT-LTG forms a gel at body temperature that lingers in the stomach before passing into the small intestine, creating a sense of “fullness.”

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