Published on January 26th, 20141
Lingonberries: prevent getting fat and reduce cholesterol levels
Lingonberries, fruit commonly used in Scandinavian cuisine could help prevent fattening and reduce cholesterol levels, say scientists in Sweden.
In the study led by scientists from Lund University used mice that tended to store fat. During three months the animals were fed a high-fat diet along with various kinds of berries.
“Lingonberries were the best berry in the manner that they limited the weight gain of the high-fat fed mice“, said researcher Karin Berger .
Animals fed with a high-fat diet, but which have received lingonberries, did not have more weight than the mice that ate a diet low in calories. Moreover, their of blood sugar level was low. Also, their cholesterol levels were lower than in the mice that had eaten a high-fat diet, but who did not receive lingonberries.
Other fruits used in the study were: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, prunes, acai berries and crowberry.
Scientists were amazed to discover that acai berries, which were presented as super foods with properties that help in weight loss had the opposite effects in mice. These fruits “led to weight gain and a higher level of fat in the liver”.
How about the amazing capabilities of lingonberries?
Scientists claim that they could be explained by the rich content of antioxidant polyphenol.
Now, scientists are planning in the future to carry out a study on the effects of lingonberries on human subjects.
But given that, in mice, lingonberries have represented 20% of the diet, the scientists explained that high consumption of these fruits would not be realistic for people.
“However, the goal is not to produce such dramatic effects as in the ‘high-fat’ mice, but rather to prevent obesity and diabetes by supplementing a more normal diet with berries”, noted the experts.