Most people see berries as a fun colorful garnish. However, new research is finding more reasons to add berries to your everyday meals.
Not only are they loaded with anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant, according to new research from Japanthese mighty antioxidants may alter the activity of genes found in human-fat cells. In a completely separate study, mice fed anthocyanins (poor rodents didn’t get to eat the actual berries) while eating a typically weight-inducing, hight-fat diet didn’t gain weight. Researches surmised it was the berry-derived antioxidant.
I need no reductive reason to eat berries, but I find this research fascinating. Berries are a great part of any healthy diet since they are naturally sweet, low in calories, and high in both fiber and water. So berries, whatever their intense color – blue, black, red, or pink a – help keep you feeling full and satisfied.
In health, it’s important to treat yourself from the inside out! My favorite recipe for berries comes from a co-worker (Anita). Simply mix your favorite berry (preferably raspberries) with sugar free maple syrup for a low calorie, low fat, low sugar treat! If you are against sugar free substitutes (as most people are now a days) then try it with normal syrup. It’s great either way!