Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Gum Shows Promise for Weight Loss

File this under, "too good to be true." Scientists at the UK's Imperial College are working on a gum that can "emulate the body's natural signals for feeling full," reports the Guardian Unlimited. These clever researchers have found the magic formula that fools your body into thinking it's full by flooding your system with something your body thinks is a hormone usually released after a meal.

The faux-hormone (which mimics pancreatic polypeptide, or PP) may also be injected or given as a nasal spray. But I for one like the gum idea better. Easier to market, and so much more fun to do at parties, wouldn't you agree?

Want a side of results with your delightful helping of sci-fi weight loss fantasy? In a study by the Imperial College researchers, subjects were given a dose of PP. According to the Guardian, "the effect was statistically significant, reducing the amount of food eaten by 15 percent to 25 percent."

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