That nasty seaweed you see on the beach may contain a compound that can beat the obesity epidemic.
Researchers in Japan have found a compound in brown seaweed that appears to fight fat.
By studying mice and rats, they found the compound stimulates a protein that leads to the burning of fat.
The compound is found in a type of kelp that is a common ingredient in Japanese miso soup.
However, experts say eating seaweed will not make you lose weight.
They are now working on extracting the seaweed compound and developing it into a pill.