Blueberries and Belly Fat
Friday, July 17, 2009

Want to finally get rid of your belly fat, once and for all? The solution may be to eat blueberries. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a study that looked at the role of blueberries in busting belly fat.

Eating blueberries could help you get rid of belly fat.

A study shows rats who ate a diet rich in blueberries lost abdominal fat and experienced other health benefits like lowered cholesterol and improved glucose control even if their diet wasnít otherwise heart-healthy.

Researchers say the results suggest that antioxidant-rich blueberries may change how the body stores and processes glucose or sugar for energy, thereby reducing the risk of both heart disease and diabetes.

In the study, researchers fed rats bred to become obese either a high-fat or low-fat diet enriched with whole blueberry powder or carbohydrates as two percent of their total diet.

After 90 days, the rats fed blueberries had less abdominal fat, lower cholesterol as well as improved glucose control and insulin sensitivity, which indicate how well the body processes sugar for energy.

These health benefits of blueberries were evident in rats fed both high- and low-fat diets enriched with the blueberry powder. But the benefits were greatest among those who ate a low-fat diet.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.