When hunger starts to rumble in your stomach, what do you reach for? Potato chips? A chocolate bar? Some fruit snacks?
Although convenient and tasty, these and similar snacks have more calories, sugar, and fat than nutrients or health value. And unfortunately, they contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents, according to the Center for Disease Control. The percentage for adults isn’t much better.
If you’re trying to eat healthier, or trying to shed some extra pounds, throw out the packaged, processed snacks and munch on these 5 delicious fruits that burn fat instead.
1. African Mango
Few fruits that burn fat are as popular right now as the African Mango. This exotic fruit was launched to “Super Fat Burner” status after multiple studies showed that it increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which is involved in your body’s fat burning processes. African Mango was also shown to increase the body’s sensitivity to the hunger-reducing hormone leptin.
There is one catch though: it’s not the fruit that burns fat. It’s the seeds.
In the most notorious study of African Mango, performed at a university in Cameroon, participants who consumed 300 mg of the seed extract daily noticed a decrease in body weight, body fat, and waist circumference. Their heart health, cholesterol, blood glucose, adiponectin, and leptin levels were also improved.
Since it’s the seeds that burn fat, you’ll need to find a supplement with African Mango seed extract to get this benefit. Or you could snack on the fruit itself and let its high-fiber, low-calorie content give you guilt-free relief from your hunger.
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are loaded with nutrients and they have the potential to burn fat and prevent some diseases. But “we’re just scratching the surface of berries health benefits,” says David Grotto, RD, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
All berries are full of antioxidants, but none more so than blueberries. Raspberries contain ellagic acid, which has been shown to kill cancer cells. Blackberries have antioxidants which help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, and prevent diabetes. Strawberries have 3x as much vitamin C as other berries, and they’re lowest in calories.
How do berries help burn fat?
The liver is mainly responsible for detoxifying the body, but it also plays a big role in metabolism. When the liver is overwhelmed by toxins, your metabolic rate can be affected. Because they’re full of antioxidants, berries help eliminate toxins from the body and repair oxidative stress.
3. Raspberry Ketones
Besides antioxidants, raspberries contain another substance which makes them one of the best fruits that burn fat: ketones.
Ketones give raspberries their sweet aroma; but studies have shown that they also cause the fat within your cells to break down, which helps your body burn fat faster.
The only downside to this amazing substance is that you would need to eat 90 pounds of raspberries a day to get the 100 mg of ketones recommended by researchers. But there’s also an upside: raspberry ketones, or the patented form Razberi-K, can be found in affordable supplements. One example is LipoQuick, a diet pill for women, which uses Razberi-K.
If you want to read a review of LipoQuick, click on the link in the Author Bio.
People who consume more vitamin C oxidize 30% more fat than people who don’t get enough of the vitamin, found a study from the Department of Nutrition at Arizona State University. And few fruits are higher in vitamin C than oranges.
The recommended daily intake of vitamin C for an adult woman is 75 mg. per day and 90 mg for an adult man. A single, average-sized orange can hold up to 70 mg of vitamin C!
Like other fruits, oranges are also full of antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals and promote healthy functioning of the metabolism and body.
“If you’re overweight and want some help losing weight, start eating foods high in fiber,” recommends Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD. “[Fiber] acts like a sponge, it’s slower to be digested and absorbed, so it makes you feel full.”
Apples have more fiber than most fruits. For example, a medium apple has about 3.5 grams of fiber. And keep the skin on! If you peel the apple, its fiber content goes down to 1.7 grams.
Research shows that you need 35 to 45 grams of fiber a day to feel less hungry and lose weight. Obviously, you won’t get that much fiber from eating apples, but they are one of the best sources for this hunger-reducing nutrient.
If most of the foods you eat are high in empty calories, added sugars, and solid fats, it’s probably time to make some substitutions. Instead of chips, chocolate, or fruit snacks, snack on any of these 5 fruits that burn fat; are high in vitamins and antioxidants; and help prevent disease and improve health.
Since graduating from the University of Portland with a degree in English, I have worked mostly as a writer of health and fitness articles. But I also do research on supplements and diet programs and write reviews of them.
Read LipoQuick reviews at BestDietPillsforWomen.org to learn more about this product, which uses one of the fat-burning fruits I mentioned above.