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Q&A: Berries for Weight Loss

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Q: I've heard a lot about Goji and Acai berries lately. Is it true they help you lose weight? — Leslie, Houston, TX

A: Goji and Acai berries have been hyped up as "super fruits" for their supposed ability to accelerate weight loss, slow aging and lower blood pressure, among other things. Despite the hoopla, there haven't been any reliable studies to show that these berries are any more or less beneficial to health than other berries.

That doesn't mean they don't have nutritional value. Both deliver the same basic health benefits as other berries—high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but they aren't a quick-fix or miracle cure-all.

Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats along with following a progressive exercise program is still the best way to drop pounds or maintain a healthy weight.

Tags: Health, Disease, Weight Loss, Food