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Blueberries May Banish Belly Fat

*Diet Rich in Blueberries May Boost Heart Health
By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
April 19, 2009 --

*Busting belly fat may be yet another of blueberries’ health benefits.
A new study shows rats who ate a diet rich in blueberries lost
abdominal fat -- the kind of fat linked to heart disease and diabetes,
as well as experienced other health benefits like lowered cholesterol
and improved glucose control even if their diet wasn’t otherwise

"Some measurements were changed by blueberrys even if the
rats were on a high-fat diet," researcher E. Mitchell Seymour, MS,
of the University of Michigan’s Cardioprotection Research Laboratory,
says in a news release.
Researchers say the results suggest that antioxidant-rich blueberries
may change how the body stores and processes glucose or sugar for energy,
thereby reducing the risk of both heart disease and diabetes.

"The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables have been well researched,
but our findings in regard to blueberries show the naturally occurring
chemicals they contain, such as anthocyanins, show promise in
mitigating these health conditions," researcher Steven Bolling, MD,
of the University of Michigan, says in the release.

*Blueberries Boost Heart Health
In the study, presented at Experimental Biology 2009,
researchers fed rats bred to become obese either a high-fat or
low-fat diet enriched with whole blueberry powder or carbohydrates
as 2% of their total diet.

After 90 days, the rats fed blueberries had less abdominal fat,
lower cholesterol, and improved glucose control and insulin sensitivity.
The latter two factors are markers of how well the body processes sugar
for energy and are related to diabetes risk.
These health benefits of blueberries were evident in rats fed both high
and low-fat diets enriched with the blueberry powder.
But the benefits were greatest among those who ate a low-fat diet.

In addition to the other heart health benefits of blueberries,
those fed the low-fat blueberry diet also lost body weight and
fat mass compared to those on the high-fat diet.
Although more research is needed to confirm these results in humans,
a related study presented at the same conference showed that men
with risk factors for heart disease who drank wild blueberry juice for
three weeks seemed to experience slight improvements in glucose
and insulin control.