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Study Launched on Using Probiotics for Weight Control

May 4, 2009: 07:38 PM EST
Chr Hansen, a global biotechnology company, and the University of Copenhagen have combined to study the use of probiotics to control weight. The aim is to develop a way of triggering the feeling of fullness among slightly overweight and normal weight people. Researchers are studying the effects on the small intestines of pigs, which are similar to those in humans. The World Health Organization has identified overweight and obesity as one of the biggest threats to public health, with 1.6 billion people over the age 15 overweight. Commentators point to the potential for probiotics in managing weight as part of the general shift from dieting to using healthier and functional foods as one component of a broader healthy lifestyle.
"Probiotics May Be Able to Help You Stay Fit", NPI Center, May 04, 2009
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