Whether you are fat or fit is usually linked to a certain lifestyle. Getting in shape is highly appreciated precisely because of all the work that lies behind the result. But all these may soon change, because Nestle researchers discovered a shortcut.
A compound called C13 could be the solution to increase metabolism because it interacts with an enzyme that controls the process. Basically, we could have edible products that could replace exercising. Nestle says that people with disabilities, the elderly, or those suffering from diseases which restrict intense physical activity will eventually benefit from the new discovery.
The discovery of AMPK, the “master molecule” which controls the energy levels has been published in the Journal Chemistry & Biology in July.
“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,” said Prof Kei Sakamoto, the Head of Diabetes and Circadian Rhythms at the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences in Lausanne.
The team led by Prof Sakamoto discovered the enzyme’s role in muscle glucose intake.
“Our research has revealed new knowledge about this master switch. In some conditions, such as diabetes, the body doesn’t respond properly to insulin and muscle cells reject the message about their need to take up glucose,” Prof Sakamoto said.
The enzyme can find other ways to control glucose levels and this is where scientists are driving their attention. Hopefully, they will discover natural substances that can trigger the cellular mechanism.
Even if they manage to come up with a product that mimics the effects of exercising, Ed Baetge, Head of the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, is cautious about the using such a product on its own. Physical exercises have multiple benefits ranging from psychological to physical, which cannot be simply substituted. A future product should be viewed as a supplement, instead of a replacement, according to the scientist.
Nestle is famous for making chocolate based products such as KitKat, which are often seen as having important roles in the increase of obesity rates.
But recently there is a trend toward healthy eating. Gluten-free and organic food are the latest trends. We might soon witness a mélange between big pharma and food industries, Jean-Philippe Bertschy, an analyst at Bank Vontobel AG in Zurich, told Bloomberg.
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