If you think eating salads when you’re trying to lose weight is boring, you probably won’t be so thrilled to hear that scientists think eating dirt could be the new cure for obesity. Researchers at the University of South Australia have published a new study detailing the surprising discovery they made while studying how clay dirt materials absorb medicine.
Apparently, along with the medicine, the clay can also “soak up” stomach fat. On top of that, lead researcher Tahnee Dening says the clay goes a step further and prevents the fat “from being absorbed by the body, ensuring that fat simply passed through the digestive system.”
The findings make Dening and her team think they “could be onto something,” possibly even “a cure for obesity.” But don’t go starting your dirt-eating cleanse just yet. Although the clay worked better than weight loss drugs on the lab rats, Dening warns this new research hasn’t been tested on humans yet.
Source: Eureka Alert