Less belly fat with cherries?
Tart cherry juice health benefits may include a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome and belly fat, according to recent cherry health research.
Using an animal model of metabolic syndrome, researchers fed two groups of rats a high fat diet for 90 days.
The group receiving the cherries had
Researchers suggest that the anthocyanins from the tart cherries modify the way energy is metabolized including the calories from a high fat diet (Seymour, Regular tart cherry intake alters abdominal adiposity, adipose gene transcription, and inflammation in obesity-prone rats fed a high fat diet, Journal Med Food, October 2009).
What is metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome includes obesity, high blood lipid levels, and systemic inflammation.
It is associated with increased risk of diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular heart disease.
Tart cherries are the same sour red cherries traditionally used in pies.
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