The world’s biggest food company, Nestle is better known for KitKat candy bars and Nespresso capsules,
Scientists at the firm’s Geneva HQ say they have identified how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13.
The findings were published in the science journal Chemistry & Biology, and are a potential first step in developing a way to mimic the fat-burning effect of exercise.
The goal is to recreate the effect of exercise in a pill or drink.
It will initially be aimed at people with limited mobility due to old age, diabetes or obesity, Kei Sakamoto, the scientist who oversees research on diabetes and circadian rhythms at Nestle, said.