Build Better with Raspberries

 

If the results from two recent mammal studies turn out to be applicable to humans, red raspberries could prove very useful in the quest for building a better physique.screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-15-10-am

 

Study #1 – Oregon State University

76 male mice were divided into three groups and fed a low-fat diet (10% calories from fat), a high fat diet (45% calories from fat), or a high-fat diet plus red raspberry concentrates.

 

Findings: The addition of the raspberry concentrate significantly reduced the weight gain observed in the mice that were fed a high-fat diet. In fact, the level of weight-gain in the high-fat + raspberry concentrate group was equivalent to the low-fat group even though both high-fat groups consumed more energy (calories) than the low-fat group.

 

Conclusion: Raspberries may influence the metabolic consequences of eating a high-fat, high-calorie diet (at least in mice).

 

 

Study #2 – Tufts University

10-week study involving older rats fed either a standard diet versus those fed a diet supplemented with freeze-dried red raspberry extract.

 

Findings: The rats that were fed the raspberry supplemented diet performed better in psychomotor coordination and balance tests; they also had better muscle strength, stamina, and tone.

 

Conclusion: Raspberries may have positive effects on learning, memory, and motor function, particularly as we get older.

 

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While more work is needed to ascertain their effectiveness as a weight-loss and performance aid, it might not be a bad idea to eat more raspberries. They’re packed with antioxidant phytochemicals, dietary fiber, and vitamin C. Plus, a 1-cup serving only provides 80 low glycemic calories. A berry good deal indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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