The raspberry ketone supplement became popular a few years back, especially when a “famous” Dr. Oz became very excited about it on television. But do they really work for fat loss? In this article, I”m going to discuss what raspberry ketones are, where the research on the effectiveness of the compound is located and why raspberry ketones tend to be found in fat burners specifically “for women.”
What is raspberry ketone?
Raspberry Ketone is a compound that is extracted from red raspberries, and has historically been used in cosmetics and processed foods to flavor and smell raspberry.
That seems to be completely unrelated to why I would be consuming it, but the purported fat-burning effects come from the appearance of the composite structure itself. Structurally at the compound level, raspberry ketones closely resemble synephrine and ephedrine.
The synephrine and ephedrine are widely known for their properties to burn fat. From that point of view, one would think that if raspberry ketones resemble other fat-burning compounds, then they probably have fat-burning qualities as well. So they tested it in trials.
What does the research say about raspberry ketones?
Raspberry ketones have been tested from a test tube perspective, in rats and in a human trial. Yes, a human test. Just one. To give you a little context, supplements like creatine and whey protein have hundreds of registered human trials.
Anyway, let”s dig into the data on the research that was done and the results of those studies. Most of the research conducted and data collected on raspberry ketones was observed in vitro or in a test tube.
Within those test tube studies, they found fat-burning qualities in raspberry ketones. Some studies have also been done in rats, and those studies also looked at fat-burning qualities in raspberry ketones. However, there is a catch.
First, just because an effect is observed in a test tube or even in rats does not mean that the effects are always 100% correlated to humans. Second, the dose of raspberry ketones in both the test tube and rats was astronomically high.
Raspberry ketones just don”t concentrate in the human body like in a test tube or even in a rat. Someone would have to consume thousands upon thousands of milligrams to achieve the results the research shows.
So, let”s look at the only human test that was done. The human trial showed positive effects on fat loss when supplemented with raspberry ketones.
However, subjects in that particular study were given a multi- ingredient blend to facilitate fat loss, not just raspberry ketones.
Some of the ingredients used in that blend have already been shown to facilitate fat loss in multiple human trials. Therefore, the study results, as they pertain specifically to raspberry ketones, are inconclusive. Therefore, from current research, we can confidently say that there is no evidence to suggest that raspberry ketones produce a fat-burning effect in humans.
Okay, so why are raspberry ketones found in fat loss supplements, particularly “women”s” supplements?
Scammers and deceived
It is very easy for the general public not only to misinterpret, but also to exaggerate the research results. The results are easily taken out of context and then taken as the truth for each case and point.
That does not mean that the general public is incompetent; it is simply a reality that research data can be confusing and written in a way that can be difficult to interpret for most people. Combine that with the power of social media and celebrity platforms, and suddenly an ingredient with zero human efficacy is now overkill and total fat loss.
That said, even though the research public may easily misinterpret the research data, it”s completely irresponsible for supplement companies to follow suit. This is a clear representation of companies that take advantage of their consumers, particularly their consumers, as raspberry ketones are widely found in “women”s” fat burners.
To be honest, when companies put raspberry ketones in their “women”s” fat burners and not their “men”s” fat burners, that”s basically the company that says, “Girls, we know you have no idea, and we are going to put it folded”. That alone should bother you already!
What I would suggest is that if you pick up a product from the grocery store shelf and see raspberry ketones anywhere on the label, just put it back on. Or even better, throw it away.
In general, raspberry ketones have no effect on a fat burner or fat loss regimen of any kind until research to the contrary.
Don”t let sophisticated marketing and social media drive your purchases and complement your options.
As you will see below in the references, if you are not sure of any ingredient or just want to learn more about supplementation, Examine.com is a fantastic resource with high quality information.
You can search for a ton of different ingredients and view information on what the ingredient is, its effectiveness, dosage, and all the research that was used to develop the information provided.
Unfortunately, we don”t live in a world where companies have to be honest and sincere with their products (although there are some who are honest and of high quality), so as consumers, education should be a priority.
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