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New Form Of Methyl Cellulose Reduces Hunger Pangs – And Calorie Intake

August 21, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A new form of a food additive that has been in use for more than 50 years might someday be used as an “anti-hunger” additive in foods like yogurts, fruit shakes and smoothies. The new version of methyl cellulose – SATISFIT-LTG – dissolves in cold liquids and forms a gel at body temperature. The gel lingers in the stomach before passing into the small intestine. Tested in a clinical trial, the ingredient makes people feel full after eating small amounts of food, and curbs food cravings longer after a meal. The consumption of SATISFIT-LTG resulted in a 13 percent decrease in calorie intake, the researchers said.
"New form of long-used food ingredient for “anti-hunger” yogurts, smoothies", Press release, American Chemical Society (ACS), August 21, 2012, © American Chemical Society (ACS)
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