(5 July/Nutra Ingredients)

A new weight management programme is being trialled by Nestle Health Science for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes across England. The program will appear in six Tesco stores around the country and will be built around a calorie intake of 800-850 per day. Participants will consume Optifast shakes, bars and soups for 8-12 weeks before gradually going back onto normal foods. The research behind the programme has seen a quarter of participants lose weight of more than 10kg and a third of participants achieve remission from type 2 diabetes after two years. The programme will have on going support through its app and Optijourney coaches as it is rolled out through in-store pharmacies. The cost of the total meal replacement food amounts to £2.20 per meal.