Firm develops hunger suppressant food’

A GODMANCHESTER company is developing a new slimming food which it claims could help tackle obesity. Scientists at botanics firm Phytopharm, in West Street, are investigating a plant used by African tribesmen to stave off hunger pangs during hunting tri

A GODMANCHESTER company is developing a new slimming "food" which it claims could help tackle obesity.

Scientists at botanics firm Phytopharm, in West Street, are investigating a plant used by African tribesmen to stave off hunger pangs during hunting trips.

The hoodia plant, which has traditionally been used by the San tribe to kill off their appetite, could be developed into a new anti-obesity food.

A few mouthfuls of the bitter-tasting cactus would be enough to quell hunger pangs and act as an appetite-suppressant.


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Phytopharm is collaborating with Unilever on a multi-million pound research and development programme.

According to Phytopharm's research, the food suppresses hunger so well that it can make people eat 1,000 fewer calories per day compared to their usual diets.

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