2-4 fresh servings of fruit per day can help your body convert 'bad' fat into 'good' fat.
Who can resist summer’s sweet berries and ripe, juicy fruit? Few people, that’s for sure. Except those concerned about eating too much sugar from natural fruits, due to hype promoting the belief that fruit sugar converts to fat in the liver, causing obesity. Shame for those people, as a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity proves opposite! According to recent findings, a healthy amount (2-4 servings) of fresh fruit can help your body burn stored fat.
The study examines how a substance known as resveratrol, which is found in many fruits and is what allows an occasional glass of wine to be considered ‘healthy’, induces a “brown-like adipocyte formation in white fat through activation of AMP-activated protein kinase or a1.”
In other words, eating two or three servings of berries and grapes (as well as other fruits) every day can convert ‘bad’ fat stored in the body into ‘calorie-burning, good fat.’
Though the study used female mice to conduct its research, the results are quite impressive:
“Resveratrol significantly increased mRNA and/or protein expression of brown adipocyte markers, including uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), PR domain-containing 16, cell death-inducing DFFA-like effector A, elongation of very long-chain fatty acids protein 3, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator 1α, cytochrome c and pyruvate dehydrogenase, in differentiated iWAT stromal vascular cells (SVCs), suggesting that resveratrol induced brown-like adipocyte formation in vitro.”
This isn’t the only known benefit of resveratrol. Another published piece of research in Genes & Nutrition looked at the effects of resveratrol on diabetics. They discovered the compound protects diabetics from heart disease by protecting the blood vessels commonly damaged by fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
And fruit isn’t the only food this fat-converting substance is found in. Peanut butter, pistachios, dark chocolate, red grapes, and blueberries all contain resveratrol. And contrary to common belief, one does not need to drink red wine to get resveratrol’s benefits – there’s plenty in ripe, juicy grapes!
Because plants make resveratrol to fight fungal infections, ultraviolet radiation, and stress, it’s no surprise, then, that it would be so beneficial to the human body as well.
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