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Vol. 18, No. 4, 1975
Issue release date: 1975
Nutr Metab 1975;18:199–203
(DOI:10.1159/000175595)

Bulking Agents in the Treatment of Obesity

Evans E. · Miller D.S.
Nutrition Department, Queen Elizabeth College, London

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Abstract

The effect of two bulk-forming appetite depressants, methylcellulose and gum guar, on food intake has been studied in 11 (4 male, 7 female) healthy volunteers – 3 of whom were overweight. 10 g of active ingredient were given in two equal doses daily for periods of 1 week for each agent. Individually weighed dietary intakes were obtained over four consecutive weeks; the first and third weeks were without medication. Both gum guar and methylcellulose were equally effective in reducing appetite by 10 %.



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