Raspberry Ketones; all over the news, but what exactly are they? A new confectionary? This season’s must have shoe colour? A type of birth mark?
Actually, Ketones are compounds found in various berries, and are commonly used in perfumery, cosmetics, and foods to impart a fruity odour. Extraction can be done using a variety of different methods, a common one being hydrogenation. About 1-4mg can be extracted from each kilo of raspberries.
Raspberry Ketones have recently been marketed as the latest super weightloss supplement, accompanied of ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of people (mostly women of course) who have undertaken dramatic physical changes purely as a result of taking the supplement, without any other changes to diet, exercise, or lifestyle, and tubs of pills can be bought from most health stores and online.
Sounds too good to be true? Of course it is!
No, I repeat NO supplement will make body changes that dramatic (we’re talking stones of weightloss, women going from overweight and lethargic to fitness model in a matter of weeks) without significant changes in other areas of a person’s life. I can guarantee you that before even researching these ‘wonder pills’.
Secondly, whilst no serious long term side effects have YET been proven (there’s not been enough studies for long enough to confirm either way), there is also no scientific data, or any data at all, to prove that taking Raspberry Ketones is going to aid weightloss in any way either. There have never been any scientific studies done using Raspberry Ketones on humans!
Raspberry Ketones allegedly work by supporting the body’s proteins that control metabolism, resulting in more efficient breaking down (and subsequent elimination) of fat cells. I’m not a scientist, I’m not an expert in molecular and chemical reactions, and so I’m not going to dispute that Raspberry Ketones DO have this effect.
The question is, HOW MUCH effect? How much difference to your fat burning are they actually going to make compared to, say, just five minutes of weight training a day (yes you heard me, five minutes).
You know what? There’s no data or evidence proven to state exactly how they compare, however what I would suggest is this:
I’ll bet you the majority of the time, the people who think it’s a load of rubbish so just eat well and exercise are actually doing quite well. The people who support the use of these ‘miracle’ supplements are, well, fat.