Suppressing "bad" fat in our blood with Korean Black Raspberries

Mon, 2019-07-08


          A high concentration of fat in blood is mainly caused by the consumption of fatty foods on a regular basis, but this is often unavoidable as eating out is an attractive option to us. Blessed with cheap and appetising options from our hawker centres, we may choose to have our favourite “Char Kway Teow”, “Hokkien Mee” and other classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This blessing may be a curse in disguise as the best tasting dishes sometimes are the greasiest and the most heavily seasoned ones.

       Lipids, also commonly referred to as fat, can manifest itself as Triglycerides. These compounds flow through your bloodstream to store unused calories, but in high levels can lead to hardening of arteries and heart issues. High lipid levels can show itself in undesirable ways like fatty bumps on the skin, but one should always have a blood test regularly to check your cholesterol levels. High fat levels can increase your risk of heart diseases and lead to other health complications. We can always influence our health with exercise, medicine and most importantly our diet.

       Our diet is something that is habitual, a routine that we perform several times in a day. It is all too easy to give in to temptation and consume whatever the heart desires, but we should take caution when it comes to our health. Reducing the amount of unhealthy substances in our foods is one way to improve our diet, whether it is removing chicken skins or skipping the sugar. Alternatively, we can add the healthy food items into our meals, and one such food is the Korean Black Raspberry.

       Korean Black Raspberries are found to contain a certain kind of antioxidant called anthocyanins¹. These antioxidants are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. In addition to that, a study was done on mice which showed a decrease in oxidative stress and fat metabolism. After consuming extracts of the Black Raspberries, they had lowered levels of Triglyceride and LDL cholesterol². These positive health indicators prove that Korean Black Raspberries are a fruit containing compounds present which would make a fine addition to our diet.

       While the best choice would be to completely cut out unhealthy foods, adding healthy foods into our diet is certainly easier than removing what we already consume on a regular basis. Realistically speaking, we will end up having that plate of chicken rice or a slice of pizza eventually. For that reason, supplementing healthy foods into our diet while cutting excessive consumption of unhealthy foods is a start to suppressing cholesterol and lowering blood fat levels. With this in mind, the Korean Black Raspberry is certainly a worthy fruit to consider.


Reference list

  1.       Jung, J., Son, M. Y., Jung, S., Nam, P., Sung, J. S., Lee, S. J., & Lee, K. G. (2009). Antioxidant properties of Korean black raspberry wines and their apoptotic effects on cancer cells. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 89(6), 970-977.
  2. Choi, H. R., Lee, J. H., Lee, S. J., Lee, M. J., Jeong, J. T., & Lee, T. B. (2014). Effects of unripe black raspberry water extract on lipid metabolism and oxidative stress in mice. Korean Journal of Food Science and Technology, 46(4), 489-497.

The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and should not be considered as medical advice.

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