Most have heard of the latest and greatest “raspberry ketone” craze. The following is from Dr. Oz website:
Raspberry ketone is the primary aroma compound of red raspberries, and is a safe and healthy supplement with no side effects. This compound regulates adiponectin, a hormone that causes your body too [sic] boost metabolism. In turn, the fat within your cells gets broken up more effectively, helping your body burn fat faster and more efficiently. In order to get enough ketone to have an effect on the way your body burns its excess fat, you would need to consume 90 pounds of raspberries! But, just 100mg of the supplement per day is enough to get your body burning fat the way you want it to.”
From another website comes the following:
For now, the reputations of products like Raspberry Ketone Plus and Raspberry Ketone Ultra rest on anecdotes and two studies conducted on mice put on a high-fat diet. Japanese researchers reported in 2005 that raspberry ketone “prevents and improves obesity and fatty liver,” by boosting the breakup of fat cells. Korean researchers reported in 2010 that raspberry ketone increased fat cells’ secretion of a hormone called adiponectin that regulates the processing of sugars and fats in the blood.
So, what do we have? A person who would normally have to eat 90 pounds of raspberries to get a ketogenic effect can now take a single 100mg capsule to get the same effect = P*H*A*R*M*A*C*O*L*O*G*Y, NOT NUTRITION!! I repeat, a fraction of raspberries on steroids (ketones are a component of raspberries, not whole raspberries) can not possibly be considered truly natural and is therefore NOT nutrition!! And these products have never been tested on humans??!! And you are seriously considering eating this stuff? “But”, you say, “the FDA recognizes raspberry ketones as safe!”
Dr. Robert H. Lustig , a neuroendocrinologist and UC San Francisco pediatrics professor who is among top experts in the nation’s obesity epidemic, said that animal studies alone are insufficient for scientists to say how raspberry ketones work in people. “Until there are human studies I won’t weigh in,” he said.
“People are willing to take chances. It’s amazing how many people look for a miracle instead of looking at what they’re eating and how much they’re moving and fixing whatever is broken,” said Mary Hartley, a registered dietitian and clinical nutritionist in Brooklyn, N.Y.