I must admit that I never thought I would blog about something as silly as raspberry ketones, but here I am! After having been out "on the road" for a couple of months, I was blown away by how many well-educated people would ask about them AFTER I just finished talking about a healthy diet and skipping the supplements!
So, I had to do my due diligence and find out what was up with these things...and alas, they were promoted on Dr. Oz. Of course, silly me.
Here is the skinny. Raspberry ketones are a compound found in raspberries and blackberries, that SOME believe to be a fat burner. Since it's only available naturally in minuscule amounts, it's produced artificially for use in beauty products and as a food additive. (It's been on the Food and Drug Administration's "generally recognized as safe" list for decades for its use as a food additive.) There have been some studies showing that raspberry ketones can prevent weight gain IN RATS -- including one in which OBESE rats consumed nearly 5,000 times the estimated human take (anyone would feel ill and lose weight doing that) -- but there is zero evidence of raspberry ketone benefits for humans.
THERE YOU GO. My simple two cents. Save your money, eat some raspberries on your yogurt and head out for a bike ride!