fresh berry season ó time for raspberries in your morning smoothie,
a handful of blueberries or blackberries with lunch, and chin-dripping
strawberries as an afternoon snack.
Eat up, because
berries are packed with vitamins and fiber for cardiovascular health
and reduced risk of diabetes. Their antioxidants gobble up free
radicals ó damaged cells that can lead to a host of chronic diseases
including cancer and Parkinsonís disease, according to WebMD.
convincing? Several university studies now say eating wild blueberries
may improve eye health and brain function, and even slow cognitive
decline and improve memory in the elderly.
are definitely an all-star in the fruit category, and blueberries are
grand slam all-stars," says Tammy Gallow, preventative cardiology
dietitian for ProHealth Care.
Dark berries are
part of an overall plan for healthy eating for athletes and couch
potatoes alike, Gallow says. "If we are eating real (nonprocessed)
foods, mainly plants, and getting our proper serving, we are going to
get the gazillions of antioxidants that are present," she adds.
frozen berries may be more convenient and economical than fresh, and
thatís just fine, Gallow notes. Do be aware that frozen berriesí
antioxidant power fades after about six months. One hint: "If the
berries are clumping together in the bag, they probably have been
thawed and refrozen in transit," Gallow warns.