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  • ‘Effect of chitosan on body weight is minimal’ researchers conclude

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    Monday, July 25, 2005 10:37 am Email this article
    Chitosan causes an average weight loss of 3.7 pounds, or perhaps only 1.3 pounds, according to a new review of previous studies. 14 studies, 1131 people

    Fourteen studies which included a total of 1131 people were analyzed.

    Average weight loss from only high quality studies: 1.3 lbs

    However, the “quality of many studies was sub-optimal”, and when their analysis was restricted only to studies that met a certain level of quality, were larger, or were longer, the average weight loss was only 1.3 pounds.

    Conclusion: ‘Effect of chitosan on body weight is minimal’

    “Results obtained from high quality trials indicate that the effect of chitosan on body weight is minimal and unlikely to be of clinical significance,” the authors concluded.

    Other articles about chitosan

    Other articles about chitosan can be found here.


    Ni M, Dunshea-Mooij C, Bennett D, Rodgers A. Chitosan for overweight or obesity. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005, (3):CD003892.

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