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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2009, Article ID 394592, 5 pages
Research Article

Effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. Dried Calyx Ethanol Extract on Fat Absorption-Excretion, and Body Weight Implication in Rats

1Biochemical and Nutrition Chemistry Area, University of Veracruz, SS Juan Pablo II s/n, Boca del Río, CP 94294 Veracruz, Mexico
2Chemical Biology Area, University of Veracruz, Iturbide s/n esquina Carmen Serdán, CP 91910 Veracruz, Mexico
3Veracruz Institute of Technology, Chemical Biology Area, Calz. M.A. de Quevedo 2779, CP 91860 Veracruz, Mexico
4Necfer Corporation, F-BIC405, 1-1 Hyaku-nen Koen, Kurume-Shi, Fukuoka 839-0864, Japan
5Veracruz Institute of Technology, Food Research and Development Unit, Calz. M.A. de Quevedo 2779, CP 91860 Veracruz, Mexico

Received 7 May 2009; Accepted 29 June 2009

Academic Editor: Stelvio M. Bandiera

Copyright © 2009 O. Carvajal-Zarrabal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (Hs) calyx extract on fat absorption-excretion and body weight in rats, was investigated. Rats were fed with either a basal diet (SDC = Control diet) or the same diet supplemented with Hs extracts at 5%, 10% and 15% ( , and ). Only did not show significant increases in weight, food consumption and efficiency compared to . The opposite occurred in group which showed a significant decrease for these three parameters. The responses were similar to , with the exception of food consumption. In both and groups, no body weight loss was observed; however, only in the latter group was there a significantly greater amount of fatty acids found in feces. A collateral effect emerging from the study is that components of Hs extract at the intermediate and greater concentrations used in this experiment could be considered possible antiobesity agents.