Skinny Sprinkles: does the drink dubbed a gastric band in a glass really work?

By Madeleine Howell

An increasingly popular slimming aid has been billed as the equivalent of a gastric band, thanks to glucomannan, an ingredient which works to suppress the appetite by expanding in the stomach.

Skinny Sprinkles has been endorsed by numerous reality TV stars including Holly Hagan of Geordie Shore, who has undergone a radical transformation since first appearing on our screens.

Lateysha Grace of The Valleys (pictured below), model Demi Rose and Chloe Sim of The Only Way is Essex have also credited the supplement with weight loss on social media.

Skinny Sprinkles come in the form of small sachets of powder, which you add to water. On the company's website, the product is described as an "Appetite Control Drink" that "promotes a feeling of fullness, enabling you to eat less and still feel satisfied."

When the drink hits your stomach, its glucomannan content absorbs water and then expands, taking up extra space and consequently helping you to feel full. Meanwhile, added guarana, vitamin C and niacin are said to combat tiredness and fatigue, giving you more energy to work out.

Skinny Sprinkles have also launched the Skinny Sprinkles Challenge, which purports to promote results in just 20 days. Dieters are advised to mix one sachet containing nine calories with water or a homemade smoothie, and to drink the mixture half an hour before a meal.

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