If you already love the taste, you’ll love the health benefits of raspberries! Raspberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants and they also contain rheosmin, also known as raspberry ketones!
What Are The Health Benefits of Raspberries?
Some of the biggest health benefits of raspberries come from the compounds they contain, which may:
- Help you lose weight
- Protect against cancer
Help You Lose Weight
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you’ll have heard about raspberry ketones. For the longest time raspberry ketones were promoted with little real data on whether they worked or not. Well now the data is in, so what does it say?
Rheosmin, also known as raspberry ketones, increases oxygen consumption, thermogenesis (heat production), and enzyme activity in fat cells. In short, yes, it helps you to increase your metabolism and burn more fat. raspberry ketones also reduce the activity of pancreatic lipase, which means it’s like a commercial fat blocker, only a little less aggressive.
In addition to containing raspberry ketones, raspberries also contain a couple of other interesting compounds that slow the digestion of starchy carbohydrates and increase adiponectin. Our blood sugar and insulin levels are positively influenced by adiponectin which makes it likely that raspberries may have weight loss and health benefits that extend beyond raspberry ketones.
Protection Against Cancer
Another health benefit of raspberries is found in ellagic acid which is a potent anti-inflammatory compound. In the health benefits of blueberries article, I mentioned that powdered blueberry reduced tumour size by 40% in an animal study, which is pretty damn impressive! What I didn’t mention was that ellagic acid reduced tumour size by 75%! That’s not a typo, you really should eat all of these fruits and vegetables! The improvements in your health can be massive!
They’re another low-calorie, high-nutrition food which is why you’ll find raspberries on my ‘under 100 calories’ list!