A pill is being created to let hamburger-and-chips lovers eat their favorite fatty foods without putting on too much weight.
Groundbreaking: Doctor’s are creating a pill that lets you eat burgers and chips without putting on weight
It could reduce the need to eat large amounts of vegetables with a
meal, would be cheap to buy and could be on sale in Britain within a
Its creator Dr Joseph Kanner said: "A lentil burger doesn’t
always have the same appeal as a beefburger – this pill will allow you
to eat more of your favourite foods without becoming as fat as you
would without it.
"Ideally, we should eat fruit and vegetables all the time –
but it is a shame not to indulge in our favourite foods when we want
As a side-effect, the pill will cut the risk of developing cancer by
mopping up free radicals, the substances that damage body cells.
The pill contains polyphenol chemicals, which Dr Kanner has shown reduce the amount of fat absorbed into the blood.
The chemicals were known to cut the risk of heart attack – but until now it has not been established why.
Dr Kanner’s research proves for the first time that they can help with weight control and prevent fats clogging arteries.
Nutritionists said last night that the pill could prove a groundbreaking step in the battle against obesity.
Dr Kanner, a food-science researcher for the Israeli government,
found that if polyphenols are taken with a meal, some of the fats eaten
are not absorbed into the blood but discarded as waste.
Polyphenols are also found in red wine, fruit and vegetables,
and Dr Kanner said: "Some people already take enough with their food to
reduce their fat uptake. However, others need help to get their fill.
"This pill would allow us to indulge in something that would normally be bad for us."
Dr Kanner added that his pill would be cheap and its effects immediate. He is now working with a manufacturer to produce it.
A British Nutrition Foundation spokeswoman admitted "it could
stop people putting on too much weight" but added: "We would not want
to see such people give up fruit and vegetables totally.’
Yet she described Dr Kanner’s research as "significant",
saying: "It was known these chemicals could reduce the risk of heart
disease – but not known how.
"By discovering that they are preventing the absorption of fats in the
gut, the idea of a polyphenol pill taken with your meal becomes
"It is feasible to get such a pill into the shops within a
year if it is marketed as a supplement – like a vitamin C tablet –
rather than as medication, which would require lots of stringent
Dr Kanner admitted his pill would not reduce all fats but would limit oxidised fats being absorbed.
Oxidised fats, which are particularly damaging to our bodies, are found in all meats.
Dr Kanner’s research is published in this month’s journal of the
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, whose
editor-in-chief Gerald Weissmann said: "As long as deep-fried candy
bars are on menus, scientists will need to keep serving up new ways to
prevent the damage caused by these tasty treats.
"This study suggests that the time will come soon where people can eat
their French fries without plugging their arteries full of fat."
Via the Daily Mail