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Eating berries reduces cholesterol and boosts weight loss in new diet studies

Berry, berry good.
Berry, berry good.
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Got plans to treat yourself to a melted cheese omelet with a side of buttery fried potatoes? By adding ligonberries to that high fat meal, you can block weight gain while reducing both your cholesterol and blood sugar, according to a new diet study reported in EuroWeeklyNews on Feb. 11. This research complements other studies showing the weight loss power of berries.

Scientists in Sweden conducted a study using a breed of mice that stores fat easily. They discovered that breed parallels the condition of humans who are overweight and have high risks of diabetes. The study compared mice who were fed low-fat diets with mice who were fed high-fat diets.

Both groups of mice, as well as a control group, were fed different types of berries. The scientists then compared the weight and blood test results for all groups.

Their discovery: Mice eating ligonberries had not gained weight and had lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol. In contrast, the mice eating acai berries gained weight and had higher levels of fat.

Where to find: Look for ligonberries in jams, syrups and dried fruit mixtures, such as Felix Lingonberry Jam and Sylt Lingon Lingonberry preserves.

But ligonberries aren't the only berry that can sweeten your weight loss, reported Dr. Mehmet Oz recently. Raspberries contain a natural substance called ketones. He cited studies indicating that raspberry ketones can prevent body fat and belly fat, describing the supplement as a "fat burner in a bottle." Get his views on raspberry ketone weight loss supplements by clicking here.

And in another study, blueberries reduced belly fat and cholesterol while improving blood sugar and insulin levels, revealed nutritionist Cynthia Sass recently in Shape magazine.

In one animal study rats that consumed two percent of their diet as blueberries had dramatic results after 90 days—significantly less belly fat, lower blood fats, lower cholesterol, and improved blood sugar and insulin levels.

So what's the magic in these berries? In addition to substances specific to various types of berries, such as raspberry ketones, they contain high levels of fiber, points out Cynthia, author of "S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches" (click for details).

"Research has found that for every gram of fiber we eat, we eliminate seven calories," says Cynthia.

Therefore, eating 25 to 35 grams daily of fiber could eliminate about 300 calories, equivalent to a 30-pound weight loss in one year. Bonus when you get that fiber in the form of berries: You get vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.