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Soon, a diet powder to suppress hunger

Soon, you will be able to satisfy your sweet cravings without worrying about adding on kilos!

india Updated: Aug 22, 2012 23:43 IST

Soon, you will be able to satisfy your sweet cravings without worrying about adding on kilos!

Scientists are developing an 'anti-hunger' additive that, when used in yoghurts and smoothies, will make you feel full after eating small amounts.

Researchers from German firm Dow Wolff Cellulosics found that after eating the ingredient, SATISFIT-LTG, 13% fewer calories were consumed at the following meal, the Telegraph reported.

Dr Carsten Huettermann told the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia that tests found volunteers felt full after eating smaller amounts of food containing the substance.

Volunteers who ate food containing the additive consumed 13% fewer calories when given a second meal two hours later.

The additive is a new version of a substance called methyl cellulose, which is used as a binding agent in snacks such as ready meals and baked goods.

In its normal state, the ingredient passes through the stomach very quickly and does not make the person who has eaten it feel any less hungry.

In the new additive, it is modified to form a gel at body temperature, meaning it remains in the stomach for longer and is absorbed by the small intestine.

"This ingredient would make people feel full after eating smaller amounts of food. They would not crave more," a researcher said.