Monday, April 23, 2012

Blueberries: An Everyday Special Treat

If you think blueberries are only baked in muffins, it's your loss. Think of blueberries now not as a rare but common special treat. Work them into your meals as much as possible. Although they're usually a tad pricier than other berries, they're worth the extra pennies.

The magic of blueberries comes from the astonishing amounts of antioxidants they contain. Only one food on the planet (red kidney beans) offer more antioxidants per serving than blueberries.
Many of those antioxidants are the same ones responsible for the heart-strengthening benefits of grapes and wine. That includes resveratrol which is well-documented for its heart protecting abilities and blueberries pack even more resveratrol than wine.

There is another amazing benefit. Eating blueberries regularly may slow down, and perhaps even reverse, the memory decline that comes with aging. Besides, blueberries reduce your risk of a whole slew of illnesses, including certain types of cancer, vision loss, and digestive disorders. One other protective effect, however, stands out.

Blueberries contain the same bacteria-inhibiting phytonutrients as cranberries and so they probably have the ability to fend off urinary tract infections as cranberries do. Even the probability that they do help gives you one more reason to indulge often in these sweet treats.

The Eating Tip:
Drop fresh sweet blueberries into whole grain cereals, topped with nonfat yogurt or just pop some into your mouth one by one as part of your healthy lifestyle.  

From The Sonoma Diet by Dr. Connie Guttersen, R.D., PH.D.

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