A doctor has shared that one fruit could help with weight loss. Dr Neal Barnard, founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, recommends adding more blueberries to your diet.

Speaking on The Diary of a CEO podcast, he explained that blueberries could offer fat-burning properties and help control appetite.

He said: “The people who decide to eat more of these foods and bring them into their diet are losing weight.

“If you are eating blueberries for dessert, you’re not eating the custard creams – maybe that’s part of it.

“But even when you control for that, you still see the weight loss and we believe that the reasons are that these are high-fibre foods.”

Blueberries are full of anthocyanins, which Dr Barnard said “pave the way” to fat burning due to the effects they may have on your appetite and metabolism.

If you’re not a fan of blueberries, raspberries could also offer similar benefits, he suggested.

Alex Glover, nutritional development lead at Holland and Barrett, said: “Trending ingredients which support brain health and focus have been a hot topic for a number of years, with food and supplements like B-vitamins taken to help support focus.”

“However, we’re continuing to see an increased desire to optimise brain health, protect and enhance our minds, and 2024 will take this a step further with a number of ingredients predicted to the spotlight around this topic,” he added.

He continued: “Whether it be supporting our minds with supplements, or new crops entering the wellness space, such as wild blueberries, the focus will be on what is beneficial to our cognitive function, how we can help with faster reaction times, and how to support our overall memory.

“2024 will also see us understanding more about the benefits of aromatherapy on cognitive function, with very early research investigating the link between aromatherapy essential oils and word recall.”

Dr Dave Nichols of My Health Checked has also promoted the fruit.

He said: “Vitamin C has always been considered a good preventative vitamin from catching colds, this can be found naturally in fruits like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries and in leafy vegetables like spinach as well as broccoli, peppers and peas.”

It is recommended to always check with your doctor or GP before starting a diet plan.

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