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Unilever touts efficacy of new appetite-suppressing milkshake

BY Alaric DeArment

GENEVA Unilever has developed a new appetite suppressant that traps the gas from food to create the feeling of satiety, the company announced Wednesday.

Research showed the suppressant, which comes in the form of a milkshake-like drink, is more effective than Unilever’s Slim-Fast drinks.

Researchers tested the drink on 24 subjects at breakfast, giving one group the new drink and the other group the regular Slim-Fast drink. Subjects given the new drink responded that they felt fuller at different intervals over the four-hour test.

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Nestle, GE to collaborate on body composition, health research

BY Michael Johnsen

LAUSANNE, Switzerland The Nestle Research Center here and GE Global Research on Wednesday announced a collaboration to scientifically assess associations between body composition, metabolic status, diet and lifestyle habits. A primary goal of the collaboration is to gain a deeper understanding of the connection between body composition, metabolic profile and health.

GE Healthcare’s Lunar iDXA system, an imaging technology, will be used by Nestle scientists to measure subjects’ body fat, muscle and bone mineral density, extending beyond the measures of body mass index and waist-hip-ratio. Researchers will study the correlations between lifestyle habits, body composition measurements and metabolic data to better understand the biological drivers of individuals’ metabolism and health.

“Through this collaboration with GE we have the opportunity to use cutting-edge diagnostic tools to increase our understanding of how nutrition and lifestyle choices impact body composition and metabolic health,” stated Peter van Bladeren, head of Nestle Science and Research. “With this knowledge, Nestle can continue to deliver science-based nutritional products to improve and enhance the quality of peoples’ lives.”

The results will provide direction for the development of non-invasive, rapid, precise and accurate assessment tools for clinicians to evaluate the impact of nutritional interventions on metabolic status and overall health. Additionally, this data will help researchers identify specific metabolic parameters that can potentially be improved via diet and lifestyle.

“In the face of a worldwide obesity epidemic, providing better tools to track the functional benefits of weight management, nutrition and lifestyle has become an international healthcare priority,” added Mark Little, senior vice president and director, GE Global Research. “The use of GE’s diagnostic tools will provide Nestle scientists with more information on how diet and lifestyle measures can be optimized to help people lead healthier lives and ultimately make healthcare systems more efficient by more effectively managing and treating obesity.”

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IdeaVillage introduces SlimShots dietary supplement aid

BY Michael Johnsen

WAYNE, N.J. IdeaVillage Products on Wednesday announced the launch of its SlimShots, a dietary supplement diet aid formulated with the European weight management emulsion Fabuless.

Fabuless is a patented blend of natural oat and palm extracts in water. “It is believed that the emulsion is digested at a slower rate than typical foods, allowing it to penetrate deeply into the last part of the intestinal system, the ileum,” stated Ron Boger, executive vice president of SlimShots. “At this stage of digestion, satiety hormones are released and the brain receives a message of fullness. This mechanism, called the ‘ileal brake,’ is what helps you eat less,” he said.

“All too often, people deprive themselves of food, lose weight, but then revert to the eating habits that caused their weight gain,” stated Ron Boger, executive vice president of SlimShots. “Repeated weight loss and weight regain takes a toll on a person physically and mentally. With SlimShots, the individual simply eats less and can do so on day one of using the product, enabling a more effortless weight management and the breaking of the ‘yo-yo’ effect.”

In a double blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, participants using the Fabuless emulsion ate up to 30 percent less every day when compared with those who didn’t use the emulsion, the company reported.

Available in convenient single-shots that look like a dairy creamer, SlimShots feature a creamy liquid delivery system with a vanilla flavoring that can be taken alone or added to yogurt, cereals, meal replacement shakes, soup and even coffee. With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $39.99 for a 30-shot supply, SlimShots is recommended for breakfast and four hours later, with lunch, if desired.

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