Piling on the grapes and berries could help you lose weight, says a new study in the International Journal of Obesity. In it, mice that ate the equivalent of 12 ounces of fruit a day (two to three human servings) gained 40% less weight than those that didn’t.
In layman’s terms, it works like this: Resveratrol—an antioxidant found in most fruit—screams “Hurry!” to your body, kicking its ass and telling it to speed up its conversion of white (“bad”) fat into calorie-burning brown (“good”) fat. This then jump-starts the fat-burning process that keeps you from gaining weight.
“The browning of white fat oxidizes fatty acids, generating heat in the cells, which leads to a ‘leaning’ effect in the body,” says researcher Min Du, Ph.D.
To fire up your own fat incinerator, get in about four cups a day of resveratrol-rich (mostly red and blue) fruits, like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, red grapes, and apples.
And in case you were wondering, yes, there’s resveratrol in red wine, too—you should see the mouse waiting list for that experiment.
Bite an Apple, Buy Less Garbage
Eat something healthy, like a bite of apple, before food shopping and you’ll buy 28% more fruit and veggies, Psychology & Marketing reports. But eat a cookie and you’ll buy more crap. Hips ahoy!
You Won’t Hear This At Costco
Up to 40% of the food in the U.S.—about 20 pounds per person—goes to waste monthly, the National Resources Defense Council tells us. Here’s why: We buy too much, cook too much, and don’t eat the leftovers, Cornell U. has found. After all—when’s the last time you finished off an entire case of anything?