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Berries For Weight Control?

As if I needed another reason to love the berries of Summer. Not only are they loaded with anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant, according to new research from Japan these mighty antioxidants may alter the activity of genes found in human-fat cells. In a completely separate study, mice fed anthocyanins (poor rodents didn't get to eat the actual berries) while eating a typically weight-inducing, hight-fat diet didn't gain weight. Researches surmised it was the berry-derived antioxidant.

I need no reductive reason to eat berries, but I find this research fascinating. Berries are a great part of any healthy diet since they are naturally sweet, low in calories, and high in both fiber and water. So berries, whatever their intense color – blue, black, red, or pink a – help keep you feeling full and satisfied.


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Dublin62505 Dublin62505 8 years
Berries are divine...better than chocolate and right up there with sex. As a child in NY, we had raspberry and blackberry bushes all around our yard. It was nirvana. After hours of playing outside, nothing like grabbing a healthy snack compliments of Mother Nature.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Ooooh, I LOVE berries!! My parents have a HUGE raspberry patch and my inlaws have a HUGE blackberry patch. All summer, I get fresh berries from both of them and they're so delicious. The only problem is picking them without getting bitten by the mosquitoes or poked by the thorns. I usually freeze them during the summer so I can enjoy them later in the year when they're out of season.
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 8 years
yeah i love me some berries black, rasp, straw...
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I love all berries and definitely don't need another excuse to eat them. They are really low in calories and taste yummy so that is all I need to know.
Karen12345 Karen12345 8 years
Love berries! I can't afford them too often, but maybe I'll splurge more now that I know they can help me lose weight! (Or at least not gain any more)
luxington luxington 8 years
Yay for berries! Raspberries are my favorite food, I just wish they weren't so expensive. I'm definitely going to go berry picking at a farm this year. Also, I like to freeze strawberries and put them in my gym bottle in lieu of ice cubes.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
aerie - pick the dark, crimson strawberries, the darker the sweeter! :) I love allllll the berries, but I'm really loving red raspberries and black cherries lately. Mmmm...
aerie087 aerie087 8 years
the strawberries i buy are always SO SOUR! does anyone have any tips on how to buy really sweet berries?!?!!?
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Awesome. Another excuse to have more berries, especially and blue and raspberries. :)
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