In you Blast, topping your morning bowl of oatmeal or cereal, smothering a slice of cheesecake, perched on top of ice cream and yogurt, or possibly taking cover inside your favorite muffin, pie, waffle, or pancake - berries are everywhere. And it's no wonder! It's actually hard to image going a day without eating or drinking something sweet, tart, and obviously berry-licious.
But what it is that makes these little gems so precious? Keep reading, it's time to get to know these little guys on a more personal level.
10 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Berries
- They're little nutrient powerhouses! Berries are some of the most nutrient-dense fruits available. Filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals and loads of phytochemicals (polyphenols, flavonoids, and more,) berries have been shown to provide numerous cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. Can’t find them fresh? If frozen at their nutritional peak just after harvest, these beneficial components can be preserved.
- Berries are a great option if you’re watching your blood sugar levels. They are low on the glycemic index and contain less sugar than other comparatively sweet fruits.
- Berries are an essential component of the love-your-heart diet. A study led by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that women who eat three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries each week may reduce their risk of heart attack, the leading cause of death for women.
- Berries, especially blueberries, are rich in anthocyanin, the antioxidant phytochemical that gives them that dark shade of blue. The free-radical scavenging capacity can help keep you looking young and beautiful.
- Fiber-rich and low in calories, berries are sure to help curb your sweet tooth without compromising your waistline.
- Research shows berries can help keep your brain sharp. Published in the Annals of Neurology, it was found that the anthocyanidins and polyphenols in berries are to credit for their effects against cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
- You're eating more fruit than you think when you eat a strawberry. Each seed you see on the outside of strawberries isn't a seed at all, they're actually called achenes and they're a separate fruit that contain seeds inside. Be sure to buy organic. The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) dirty dozen list suggests they are high in pesticide residue.
- Summer is berry season and berries are at their most fresh now. We live in a time when it’s easy to get anything you want to eat any time of day or year. Eating seasonally, however, ensures you are reaping the most nutritional benefit from your produce. Think berries in the summer and pumpkin in the fall!
- Berries stay fresh longer if you store them in the fridge and don’t wash until just before eating. This helps prevent them from becoming soggy and moldy.
- Pre-packaged berry foods don’t contain a single trace of an actual berry. “Mock” berries are made out of corn syrup, sugar, starch, refined oils and artificial colors and flavors. Next time you reach for a box of berry muffin mix, snack bars, bagels, cereal, or other berry-flavored food, take a close look at the ingredient list to see if it’s the real deal - or eat berries, instead!
Now that you and berries are besties, check out some of our most popular berry infused NutriBlast recipes. Which recipe is your favorite?