If you often eat too much because breakfast has not filled you up, researchers say they could have the answer – seaweed bread.

The healthier loaf can help make you feel fuller and reduce the amount you eat during the day.

Men who ate seaweed bread for breakfast consumed 179 fewer calories during a day – equivalent to a treadmill workout.

Filling: The seaweed was actually ground up and mixed with bread to make a filling toast for the study

Filling: The seaweed was actually ground up and mixed with bread to make a filling toast for the study

Seaweed replicates the taste of salt in bread but contains far less sodium. A low-sodium diet reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Scientists from Sheffield Hallam University tested seaweed bread on nearly 80 healthy but overweight men aged 18 to 65.

They fed the men 3.5oz of normal bread made with salt one week and bread containing seaweed instead of salt the next.

The men were given toast and scrambled egg for breakfast and then given as many 14oz bowls of pasta and tomato-based sauce as they could eat.

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Researchers from Sheffield’s  Centre for Food Innovation monitored how much the men ate and measured their blood pressure, blood glucose and choles- terol levels.

The men also rated their hunger and fullness.

Lead researcher Anna Hall, a lecturer in nutrition at Sheffield Hallam University, said: 'This study shows that in the short term consumption of this bread reduces energy intake.

'In the long term this may contribute to weight loss or weight management.

'We hope to undertake long-term trials, which are needed in order to potentially produce such results.’

Dr Craig Rose, of the Seaweed Health Foundation which supported the study, said: 'Seaweed is natural, sustainable, organic and adds nutrition.’

Seaweed granules have a 3.5 per cent sodium level, compared with 40 per cent in salt.