Spotted on RocketNews24:
Japanese viewers go wild after TV show introduces mackerel as possible slimming product
It’s not unusual for consumer products to suddenly explode in popularity after being introduced on a particular TV show, but when Japan’s Asahi TV introduced mackerel as a food that can be beneficial in weight loss during its home medicine program “Takeshi no Kenkou Entertainment! Minna no Kenkou Igaku” few coould have expected the overwhelming outcome.
The scientific explanation behind the idea that mackerel could help consumers lose weight has to do with the fish containing high levels of the digestive hormone GLP-1 and encouraging the secretion of gastric juices.
Perhaps what convinced so many viewers of the benefits were the results from a clinical trial involving women who ate the mackerel. Their levels of gastric juices were examined after eating the fish, which showed levels of gastric excretion four times higher than usual. After hearing this, many viewers began to treat it as a definite way to lose weight.
Whether this alone is enough to create a slim body remains unclear but for anyone interested, it can’t hurt to give it a try!
On the other hand, eating too much canned mackerel could actually have the opposite effect, as each can is about 150-250 kcal. While I’m sure mackerel alone won’t guarantee weight loss, as part of a balanced diet combined with a healthy amount of exercise, it could well be the magical weight-loss food that many have been looking for.
Some of the reactions from Twitter users:
“It’s a strict mackerel diet for me from tomorrow.”
“Is it really that strange to be so serious about starting a mackerel diet?”
“It’s on tomorrow’s ‘to buy’ list!”
“Mackerel, leek and Japanese natto. What a perfect combination!”
“Will there still be stock left by tomorrow?”
“Could this be no more than a clever sale’s tactic?”
“They’re saying you lose weight from eating mackerel but I still haven’t seen any results!”
Not sure if serious or..