Wednesday, March 13, 2013

myth busting raspberry ketones

ever since raspberry ketones were discussed on a popular yet, in my opinion, ridiculous daytime medical show, stores haven't been able to keep the supplements in stock, claiming it's the "number one miracle in a bottle to burn fat."

actually, it's nothing of the sort.

in reality, it's a whole lot of hype with very little substance.  here's why you shouldn't get sucked in to this fad:

raspberry ketones are the natural compounds found in raspberries that give them their pleasant smell.  they're chemically similar to capsaicin, the mouth-burning compound in hot peppers that is thought to have certain pain-relieving properties.  and sure, it may well turn out that raspberry ketones, like so many other compound isolates from plants, actually have some benefit.  in fact, one rat study showed that supplemental ketones protected rats against fatty liver disease.

there have only been a handful of small asian studies on raspberry ketones, which were all done on rats or on cells in test tubes.  one of the studies showed that the ketones increased secretion of a hormone called adiponectin, which helps to break down fat, while the other studies showed that high amounts of ketones protected the rats from fat gain while slightly increasing their fat burning.  but that tiny bit of preliminary research, promising as it may be, hardly justified the marketing of raspberry ketones as a "miracle" weight-loss product for humans.

so, instead of trying to find fat loss in a bottle, find it in a pair of well fitting athletic shoes, at the gym, on the streets with music pumping, and in clean eating.  enjoy some fresh raspberries in your morning oatmeal, topping low fat greek yogurt, blended in with a protein shake, or on their own, but please, don't waste your time, money, and hopes that buying a bottle of raspberry ketones will help you get healthy.

oh, and please stop believing everything that daytime doctor says.  please.  i beg of you.

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.

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