According to new studies, our understanding of flavonoids health benefits may be increasing and weight loss is in the news again.  Published by the BMJ, a new study shows that peppers, berries, pears, apples and more, can have a strong effect on reducing weight gain.

This study of 124,000 men and women in the US shows that increased consumption of flavonoids helped maintain and, in some cases, even produced a modest weight loss – with no other changes in diet or exercise.

Age and sex did not seem to be a factor in the results.  The best results appear to come from anthocyanins (blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, radishes, blackcurrant and strawberries – in no particular order).  Flavonoids health benefits were also noticed in polymers (tea and apples) as well as flavonols (tea and onions).

Flavonoids Health Benefits

If natural weight loss is your goal, then eating the right foods is the answer – as long as those foods have a secret ingredient.  That secret ingredient is apparently flavonoids.

Flavonoids are simply chemical compounds you’ll find in plant-based foods, fruits mostly.  There are hundreds of them and they usually bring more than just weight management to the table.  Most flavonoids also help with heart disease and cancer as well, because most of them have great antioxidant properties.

There have been a lot of studies on flavonoids health benefits ranging from metabolic syndrome to hearth disease, and there will no doubt be more for us to uncover, but this news about weight management is a real breakthrough.  Not just because it works, but because of WHY it works.

Change How Your Body Treats Fat

A flavonoid from citrus was used to monitor fat on mice.  Two groups of mice were fed a high fat western diet, which would trigger symptoms of metabolic syndrome.  One of the test groups was also give the flavonoid naringenin (from citrus) and the result was astonishing.  It completely normalized their glucose metabolism – it changed the way the liver handled the fat.  Instead of storing the fat, it was being burned up.

What’s particularly powerful about these results is that nothing changed for the mice taking the flavonoids.  They had the same appetite, ate the same quantity of food, and ate the same types of foods.  What that boils down to is this: two groups of mice eating the same western diet but one group also ate flavonoids and lost fat.

What Are Common Foods With Flavonoids?

Here’s some more good news, flavonoids are in all sorts of great tasting, natural foods.  Here’s a short list of some of the best:

  • Anthocyanidins – this includes your berries (red, blue and purple/black); red and purple grapes; and of course, red wine.
  • Catechins – green and white tea, grapes, berries, apples and dark chocolate.
  • Flavanones – citrus.
  • Flavonols – scallions, kale, broccoli, apples, berries, tea and yellow onions.
  • Flavones – herbs like parsley and thyme, as well as celery and hot peppers.
  • Isoflavones – soybeans, soy products, legumes.

But what makes eating this way so powerful is that not only will these foods help with weight loss, but they all provide antioxidants that will be of great benefit in so many other ways.

Add flavonoids to your diet and not only can they help you lose weight, but you’ll have a tasty diet and fight disease while you do.  As always, check with your family doctor before you change your diet or start a new exercise routine.

Here’s a more comprehensive list of flavonoid rich foods.

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