If you are overweight or even obese research has found that there may be a solution starring back at you from your fruit bowl.
A recent study has shown that citrus fruits such as oranges or lemons contain a flavanone (a type of antioxidant) that could prevent or delay chronic diseases caused by obesity, such as heart disease, liver disease and diabetes.
What research was undertaken?
In the study undertaken at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil, 50 mice were treated with these citrus flavanones.
The mice were given a:
- Standard diet
- High-fat diet
- High-fat diet, plus a flavanone
The results showed that the mice who ate the high-fat diet saw an increase in cell-damage markers of 80% in the blood and 57% in the liver, when compared to the standard diet.
Those mice who had the citrus flavanone saw their cell-damage markers reduced to 48% in the blood and 64% in the liver.
Graduate student Paula Ferreira who worked on the study spoke to the American Chemical Society, saying:
“Our results indicate we can use citrus flavanones to prevent or delay chronic diseases caused by obesity in humans.”
“This study also suggests that consuming citrus fruits probably could have beneficial effects for people who are not obese, but have diets rich in fats.”
While adding these citrus fruits wont actively help you to lose weight, they can certainly help reduce the dangers of a high-fat diet.
To reduce the dangers even further I would recommend taking steps to lose a little of that extra weight.
Surely the health benefits of losing weight will be worth the extra effort?