Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

I WATCHED a seg­ment on ABC’s

pro­gram last week, which pro­moted a Queens­land plum as the lat­est weapon in the fight against obe­sity. The Queen Gar­net is a va­ri­ety de­vel­oped by re­searchers with up to 10 times the amount of an­tho­cyanin, a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant, than other dark plums. It is the pig­ment that gives plums their pur­ple colour. Obese rats were fed Queen Gar­net plum juice and ap­peared to lose weight and to re­turn to health in just eight weeks, even when fed a high-fat diet. It re­duced blood pres­sure and im­proved heart and liver func­tion. It could be a weight loss mir­a­cle. Or it could be the just the lat­est fad. The prod­uct has not been tested on hu­mans but the pa­tent hold­ers were in­un­dated with in­quiries af­ter the re­sults from the ini­tial tests came out. Fin­gers crossed it works but I can’t help think­ing we are chas­ing a quick fix for our over-in­dul­gence.

Rick Lee - re­gional editor

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