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Chitin-Based Fat Trappers, Fat Magnets to Block Dietary Fat Absorption
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Does Chitosan Shellfish Fiber Help to Reduce Weight By Blocking Fat Uptake in Meals?

Chitosan Weight Loss Supplements

Chitosan, derived from shellfish, is the so-called active ingredient in products such as "The Fat Trapper," "The Fat Magnet," and "The Fat Blocker." All of them promise to absorb fat before the body does, giving people license to eat what they like without gaining weight as normal.

Unfortunately, according to most weight loss experts, Chitosan weight loss supplements don't work.

Chitosan Weight Loss Supplements - Initial Studies

Though a handful of studies initially suggested that chitosan might be able to restrict fat and calorie intake, these studies were "small, not well-controlled, conducted in test tubes, and not published in peer-reviewed journals," says George Blackburn, MD, PhD, director of the Center for the Study of Nutrition and Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "I've seen no data that proved it [Chitosan] boosts weight loss in humans," he insists.

Chitosan Weight Loss Supplements - Study

Indeed, a study published in the May 1999 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that overweight people who took eight capsules every day for four weeks didn't lose - or gain - any more weight than those who took placebo pills.

What's more, some experts fear that chitosan may bind nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are chemically similar to fat, and prevent them from being absorbed by the body.

Chitosan Weight Loss Supplements - Bottom Line

If you really want to absorb less fat, the only solution is to eat less of it. At present, Chitosan weight loss supplements do not appear to be an effective weight loss strategy.


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