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 Fighting obesity and diabetes with lupin seeds


Lupin, a grain cultivated in the days of the Roman Empire, could be used in the fight against obesity, diabetes and food allergies.

The scientists involved in the LUPIN-CHALLENGE project are exploring the health-promoting potential of a protein found in lupin seeds which, according to the researchers, helps increase insulin sensitivity and reduce appetite.

Follow-up studies might help design lupin-enriched diets for people with obesity and diabetes problems.

Factsheet by the European Commission / 15 November 2012