Could seaweed bread be a answerto the obesity
Researchers found that seaweed fibre could reduce the body's fat uptake by more than 75%.
A fibrous material in Sea Kelp called alginate was better at preventing fat absorption than
most over-the-counter slimming treatments, laboratory tests showed.
Dr Iain Brownlee, who co-led the University of Newcastle team, said: "This
suggests that if we can add the natural fibre to products commonly eaten daily -
such as bread, biscuits and yoghurts - up to three quarters of the fat contained
in that meal could simply pass through the body.
"We have already added the alginate to bread and initial taste tests have been
extremely encouraging. Now the next step is to carry out clinical trials to find
out how effective it is when eaten as part of a normal diet."
The scientists used an "artificial gut" to test the effectiveness of 60 different
natural fibres by measuring the extent to which they affected the digestion of
They presented their findings at the American Chemical Society's spring
meeting in San Francisco, US.
It is one of the many studies who prove the usefulness of seaweed in
products. The basis the fibres present in seaweed like the alginates.
Dietary fiber is generally accepted as having protective effects against a range of
diseases. Increased fiber consumption has been associated with lowering total
serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, modifying the glycemic and insulinemic
response and protecting the large intestine from disease.
Increase of fiber to assist against including colorectal cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and
Lack of fiber a problem of Western society. Non-digestible oligosaccharides have aroused significant interest in
recent years due to their ability to stimulate growth of potentially beneficial bacteria such as Bifidobacteria in
Fiber are complex carbohydrates are hundreds or thousands of sugar
units linked together. Some of the Polysaccharides and cellulose are indigestible
by humans. Diabetics also may benefit from a diet high in complex carbohydrates
and low in fat and sugar, according to the American Dietetic Association. Some
researchers believe that dietary fiber improves the ability of diabetics to process
blood sugar.All together those dieters, athletes, and other health-conscious people
have made complex carbohydrates - once a simple staple for the poor - into a
new-found "in" food.
Seaweed is very rich in polysaccharides while land plant rich in cellulose. The
main differences between land plants and seaweed is that Land plants
require a rigid structure cable of withstanding the constant pull of
gravity (celluloses), which marine plants do not need. Instead they do
need a flexible structure to accommodate the varying stresses as result
of current and wave motion. Seaweed and sea vegetables are therfor rich in
Polysaccharides and are more flexible then cellulose. High-fiber
vegetable foods including sea vegetables are now seen as the
healthiest choices for human nutrition, and the intake or use of these foods is
associated with lowered incidences of hypertension, cancer, arthritis,
Demographic studies (Japan) have shown that people who regularly incorporate
edible seaweed's into their diets have fewer problems from mineral
depletion and live longer than other peoples.
However there is a second notion, when the rats where put back on a diet called the
salad bar they refused to eat and the researchers came to the conclusion that the
rats where addicted to the unhealthy food.
Seaweed has been part of the traditional diet of all coastal cultures.
From Japan and China to Hawaii, Wales, Scotland, Iceland and Ireland.
Seen as a valuable product, nutritive, source of salt, for seasoning/fermenting or as
Increasingly kelp, Seaweed & Algae is now used as a Nutritional
Supplements and used in an attempt to Prevent the development of Chronic Disease.
Comparisons of population groups had demonstrated a
close and consistent relationship between
the adoption of this affluent diet/change in lifestyle and
the emergence of a range of chronic,non-infectious diseases, such as coronary heart
disease, cerebrovascular disease, various cancers, diabetes mellitus, gallstones, dental caries (cavities),
gastrointestinal disorders, and various bone and joint diseases. There is no real cure for these illnesses
other than suppressing symptioms and making adaptation.
By there search for answer why the use of seaweed might lead to weight loss the first one did look at the iodine content.
Assumed that iodine accelerates weight loss by supporting the thyroid gland
If adjusting your diet and exercising more hasn't helped you reach a healthy body
weight, you may have hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland. In addition to
weight gain, other symptoms of hypothyroidism include a bad complexion, fatigue,
forgetfulness, loss of sex drive, impotence, irritability...
Why often obesity and sub-clinical iodine deficiencies are related. That may be why some reducing diets encourage the use of
algae. Calories in sea vegetables are also negligible, and fat content is only from one (1%) to
eight percent (8%).
Bladderwrack is often used in "slimming tea" formulas and according to our experience beter when you want to loss weight.
"An extract of Fucus (fucus vesiculosus) under the name of Fucusin had a reputation as a
remedy for obesity. Fucusin is sometimes called the active principle but what its
precise chemical constitution is I do not know. It is alleged that it stimulates the
thyroid gland and in this way acts as what they call an antifat."
If seaweed reduces the amount of fat digestion within the body but the uptake still
exceed the amount you need by far you will stay obese.
From our experience the us of small amounts of seaweed will help to improve health and well-being,timulate activities and combat stress.
However the effect on weight loss limited.