Do Blueberries Blast Blubber?

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Looking for a tasty diet snack? Try blueberries! According to a new study, the antioxidants called polyphenols in the tasty blue fruit may help berry munchers lose weight.

After reviewing several studies that seemed to suggest blueberries stop fat cell development, Shiwani Moghe, a graduate student from Texas Women’s University, applied the antioxidants to samples of rat tissue to see what would happen. The results? The polyphenols appeared to prevent fat from forming. The highest dose of plyphenols reduced fatty molecules in the rat tissues by 73%, while the lowest dose reduced fat by 27%. Berry intriguing.

"We still need to test this dose in humans, to make sure there are no adverse effects, and to see if the doses are as effective,” Moghe said in a statement. “This is a burgeoning area of research. Determining the best dose for humans will be important. The promise is there for blueberries to help reduce adipose tissue from forming in the body."

On Sunday, Moghe presented her findings at the annual Experimental Biology meeting in Washington D.C.

Despite the promising findings, some critics point out the study used rat tissue, not human tissue, and did not track the progress of people eating blueberries for several months. In other words, there’s no evidence that eating blueberries will help you burn fat.

Still, it can’t hurt to eat more blueberries right?

LA Times

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