We wouldn’t normally blog about an overdone topic like the health benefits of raspberries and other fruit, but this ketone hype is compelling.

There was an article in the Toronto Star today titled Weight loss “miracle” supplement: Dr. Oz extols virtues of raspberry ketone. It talked about the mad rush to health food stores following a repeat episode of The Dr. Oz Show where he spoke about raspberry ketone as a belly fat-fighting wonder. Apparently Toronto-based health food stores are now scrambling to find more product and the price is astronomical.

Crossed aldol-catalytic hydrogenation? Huh?

I suppose there’s no mystery here. Everyone wants to be lean and healthy… if popping an apparent *natural* pill will do the trick, then why not? Who cares if it’s an aroma compound that’s mostly used for perfume and cosmetics? (If you’re a science person and would like a starting point for reading about how the ketone is “prepared industrially by a variety of methods from chemical intermediates… through a crossed aldol-catalytic hydrogenation,” read the Wikipedia article: Raspberry ketone. Not that Wikipedia should always be your go-to resource, but Googling “raspberry keytone” returns 99% junk weight loss websites.)

If you’re already here, then you know we’re in the business of supplying businesses with wholesale produce. But that IS NOT the rationale behind this entry. I read the article today and just shook my head. I have to write this!

To qualify: We are not doctors or nutritionists or health experts. We are not advising anyone to take or not to take supplements. We’re merely reminding readers of what should be common knowledge.

Real raspberries provide this keytone plus a variety of other health benefits. They’re a great source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin B, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron. And they’re low on the glycemic index, which means they’re one of the foods that when eaten regularly, may help to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and obesity-related health problems.

I’d rather add fresh raspberries to my diet than spend a bunch of money on a dubious weight loss craze.

Granted, the ketone supplement contains a much higher concentration of the compound that supposedly affects your metabolism than a handful of real raspberries. (In fact, according to Dr. Oz, you’d have to consume 90 pounds of raspberries to get enough of the ketone to make a difference!) But personally, I’d rather add fresh raspberries to my diet than spend a bunch of money on a dubious weight loss craze.

To learn more about healthy eating, download Health Canada’s Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.