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Seaweed-Based Pill “Trains” People to Eat Less

April 26, 2009: 05:47 AM EST
A seaweed-based diet pill has been launched in the UK. Appesat expands in the stomach, triggering sensors in the stomach wall that tell people they are full. The effect lasts about four hours before the product is fully digested. The pill’s maker, Goldfield, says that this trains people to want less food, particularly if used in association with a low calorie diet. In one clinical trial, obese and overweight people lost an average of 9.4k over 12 weeks, compared with 5.6kg for a group of people not taking the drug. Both groups were on a low-calorie, low-fat diet. Appesat's worst side effect is a feeling similar to having an upset stomach. It costs $44.00 for 50 capsules.
"New diet pill to fight hunger pangs", The Press Association, April 26, 2009, © The Press Association
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