How Berries Boost Your Metabolism and Banish Belly Fat

When pints of beautiful berries show up at my farmers market| I know my favorite season is not too far off. From that Sunday forward| there’s at least two varieties in my fridge at all times for whenever a sweet craving strikes. Beyond their flavor| berries have a lot to offer when it comes to weight loss. Here’s how your favorite berry works to support your goals.

They boost your metabolism: Blueberries and raspberries both contain the flavonoid anthocyanin| which helps your body produce adiponectin| a hormone that’s been linked to lower glucose levels| curbed cravings| and boosted metabolism.

They fight belly fat: Your favorite blueberry smoothie or batch of muffins is more than a treat for your taste buds. Research out of the University of Michigan found a diet rich in blueberries may change how your body stores and processes sugar for energy and| in turn| diminishes belly fat.

They’re high in fiber: Whether they’re fresh or frozen| berries are a great source of fiber| an essential nutrient that improves digestion and helps beat bloat. For the highest fiber content out there| opt for strawberries or raspberries; one cup of strawberries offers three grams| while one cup of raspberries offers a whopping eight grams.

They’re low in calories: The next time you’re in need of a quick sweet snack| skip out on cookies or candy| opt for berries| and start seeing results. For so much sweet and tart flavor| berries are surprisingly low in calories. One cup of blueberries weighs in at 84 calories per cup| while blackberries are 62 calories and raspberries are 64 calories per cup.

Eat your fill with these healthy berry recipes we’ll be enjoying all Summer long!

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