How berries boost your metabolism and banish belly fat

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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.

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