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article imageNestle fat burning food equal to workouts

By Stephen Morgan     Nov 28, 2014 in Health
"Exercise in a bottle" is a new product under development, which Nestle claims could burn away fat like a workout in the gym.
The new wonder food, which could come in the form of a drink or pill, will manipulate enzymes to help get rid of excess fat. The effect on weight is expected to be as good as jogging, biking, swimming or gym time.
And the proposed smart food doesn't seem to be some new gimmick or chemical soup. The company which is well-known for its chocolates, creams and drinks, has sparked the interest of scientists and health professionals.
Researchers at the company's facilities in Switzerland say they have discovered how a compound called C13 can stimulate an enzyme in the body which is responsible for regulating how our metabolism works.
According to the Daily Mail, "The researchers looked at how the master regulator of the body's metabolism, an enzyme called AMPK, is controlled at the molecular level." Their findings have now been published in the science journal, Chemistry & Biology.
AMPK plays a key role in generating the energy we need for many important physiological functions in the body, such as hormone secretion, muscle movement and functioning of the brain. Called the "master switch" by the researchers, it controls how the body uses sugar and fats.
Nestle's leading scientist, Professor Sakamoto said. 'AMPK is a key protein in every single cell in your body and is naturally activated by exercise. It monitors your energy status, like a fuel gauge in a car, and tells you to fill up when your energy is low.'
Bloomberg reports that such research is driven by the fact that within five years consumer appetite for foods which show health benefits will outstrip traditionally packaged foods.
It quotes Jean-Philippe Bertschy, an analyst at Bank Vontobel AG in Zurich, who commented that “The border between food and pharma will narrow in the coming years. Companies with a diversified, healthy food portfolio will emerge as the winners.”
Techeblog quotes Ed Baetge, head of the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences, who predicts, "This could lead to the development of new dietary approaches with targeted effects on the body that, like exercise, could help in addressing metabolic problems and maintaining a healthy energy balance."
The new product would be initially aimed at helping people who suffer from such things as obesity, diabetes and reduced mobility.
“The enzyme can help people who can’t tolerate or continue rigorous exercise,” Sakamoto said. “Instead of 20 minutes of jogging or 40 minutes of cycling, it may help boost metabolism with moderate exercise like brisk walking. They’d get similar effects with less strain.”
'In some conditions, such as diabetes," he continues, "the body doesn't respond properly to insulin and muscle cells reject the message about their need to take up glucose. However, even under such medical conditions, AMPK can find an alternative way and take up glucose in muscle.'
Prof Sakamoto hopes to be able to develop products that will "help promote and augment the effects of exercise." But he cautioned, that there is no smart food which could ever replace the benefits of fitness training.
'Exercise has so many different effects – a cognitive role and physiological function – we'll never be able to mimic all those effects in a single product.'
Nestle isn't alone among food and pharmaceutical companies looking for ways to achieve the same result. But extensive animal testing and clinical trials are needed before such a product could hit the streets - so don't quit the gym just yet.
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