Nestlé: Fattening Up On Skinnier Foods

It sees hefty profits in offerings that fight diabetes and slim the waistline

N-e-s-t-l-é-s. Nestlé's makes the very best...health food? The world's biggest food company, best known for its chocolate and coffee, has embarked on a new push to tackle obesity and diabetes. At the company's mountainside research laboratory near Lausanne, Switzerland, scientists are working on new products that alter the body's absorption of sugar, reduce fatty acids in the bloodstream, and step up the burning of carbohydrates during digestion. The first of these offerings, a cereal bar with a fiber additive that tamps down surges in blood sugar levels after eating, was launched in Asia last year and will soon be rolled out worldwide.

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