Blueberries could make you slim

We all know fruit is good for us, but a new study has revealed that snacking on blueberries could slash your fat cells by up to 75 per cent

Blueberries are being hailed the new super-fruit for slimmers after research revealed the fruit’s potential to break down existing fat cells and prevent new ones from forming.

Already recognised as a super food for their ability to help prevent heart disease and Type-2 diabetes, blueberries are now thought to be a powerful weapon in the fight against rising obesity levels in Britain.

‘The promise is there for blueberries to help reduce fat tissue from forming in the body,’ says the study’s author Shiwani Moghe, from Texas Woman’s University, with tests revealing polyphenols can cut the number of fat cells in the body by 73 per cent.

Results presented at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting for the American Society for Nutrition showed the highest dose of blueberry polyphenols caused lipids in mouse tissue to decrease by almost 75 per cent, with even the lowest dose cutting fat cells by 27 per cent.

‘We still need to test this dose in humans to make sure there are no adverse effects and to see if the doses are effective,’ says Shiwani. ‘This is a burgeoning area of research and determining the best dose for humans will be important.’

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