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Gut Microbes Tell You You're Full

An evil capitalist will one day sell appetite suppressants based on the growing body of knowledge about gut flora and the "I couldn't eat another thing" feeling we get 20 minutes after finishing a meal.

It won't be me, alas. I'm neither knowledgeable, nor rich, nor organised enough to bring together a startup to research and sell such suppressants.

It'll be some other evil capitalist pig that sells (at ever-falling prices) tablets to deaden appetite for food. I really want to see the anti-capitalists' faces when this happens. Let's see them cry out "capitalism makes everybody fat" when people can chow down a $5 tablet to limit their appetite for a week.

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