Is there no end to the strange things scientists will invent to help us get skinny? Apparently not. Today we found out about a new seaweed supplement that is supposed to help you lose weight–that is, if you can swallow it without gagging.
According to a new Danish study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants lost weight when they took this supplement made from seaweed extract before meals.
For the study, 96 obese participants were divided into two groups. Half of the group was given the seaweed supplements; the other half received a placebo that looked and tasted identical. Over the course of three months, study participants drank the supplements, dissolved in two cups of water, 30 minutes before each meal. They were also told to cut back on calories.
The results? At the end, those on the real seaweed supplements lost 15 pounds, while those in the placebo group lost 11 pounds. Although, even with the potential to lose weight, 20% of the study group dropped out because they couldn’t stand the slimy texture, fishy taste and nasty side effects, like bloating.
Dr. Arne Astrup, one of the study’s authors from the University of Copenhagen, acknowledged that the taste of seaweed has been a barrier to using this as a weight-loss product:
There have been problems in the past to develop something (that tastes) acceptable.
The supplement uses the seaweed extract alginate and is touted as an appetite suppressant–like, who wouldn’t lose their appetite after swallowing seaweed juice?
Tell us, would you try this?