Food additive that reduces chance of diabetes goes on sale in the UK

A revolutionary food additive that is proven to be better than prescription drugs at regulating blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes has gone on sale to food manufacturers in the UK.

Emulin™ is a natural compound derived from the rind and peel of tropical fruits, and has been developed by American firm ATM Metabolics.

It is proven in human trials to act as a sugar buffer, mimicking the effect of natural insulin in the body.

This means it makes processed food such as cakes and white bread safer for the 2.3 million UK people who already have the non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetes - and could reduce the chances of others developing it.

Daryl Thompson is scientific director of ATM Metabolics. He said: “We want as many UK food manufacturers as possible to start using this. It has no effect on the taste of food, but widespread use would quickly make a significant difference to the health of the nation saving the NHS millions.”

Emulin mimics the activity of insulin by reducing the carbohydrates absorbed after meals and the amount of glucose produced by the liver.

It speeds up the removal of excess sugar in the blood stream, which is very good news if you have or are at risk of type 2 diabetes.

The compound was discovered by Daryl in Florida while researching the weight loss properties of grapefruit. His company has spent five years refining it.

He added: “Recent research has shown how important it is for type 2 diabetics to control long-term blood sugar levels to prevent heart attacks and other complications. Adding Emulin to food is a highly effective way to do that without forcing a major diet change or use of prescription drugs.”

Recent human trials in the States showed Emulin performed better than a type 2 diabetes drug called metformin, widely prescribed in the States and approved for use in the UK by NICE.

The FDA-approved trials showed that, compared to metformin alone, using Emulin alone produced a fivefold decrease in sufferers’ fasting blood glucose levels. Combining Emulin and metformin produced a decrease of 14 times using metformin alone.