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New nutritional research centre to come up with bread to reduce blood sugar

Published on Jan 28, 2014 3:12 PM
A new nutritional studies centre dedicated to studying diseases common in modern society like obesity and diabetes has officially opened here. Costing some $20 million, the Clinical Nutritional Research Centre is researching ways to reduce appetites and control body weight. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO  

It sounds like a dieter's dream - bread that can help cut blood sugar levels. This may become a reality if a nutritional research centre launched here on Tuesday finds the formula for such wonder bread.

Developing food that can help consumers reduce appetites and hence maintain or lose weight is part of the work that will be done at the $20 million Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC), said its director Jeyakumar Henry at its opening.

Touted as Asia's first "under-one-roof nutritional research centre", the centre will look at diseases common in modern society like obesity and diabetes. It will also study nutrition in women, children and the elderly.

A joint venture between the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and the National University Health Systems, it is focusing on obesity and diabetes as these two diseases are prevalent in Singapore's adult population.

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