Many foods that look good enough to eat can actually be good for you. Dr. Sandy shows you two examples, and explains what makes them deserve a place in your diet.
What do you call a food that tastes good, and does you good as well? One happy answer: berries.
Blueberries. Strawberries. If you eat enough of them, according to a study in Circulation, the Journal of the American Heart Association.
This was part of the Nurses’ Health Study which looked at the dietary habits and lifestyle factors of 90,000 women between 25 and 42.
Those who ate 3 to 4 servings a week of blueberries and/or strawberries cut their heart attack risk by 32 per cent,
compared to those who ate them only once a month,
or not at all.
The ingredient that gives berries their beneficial effects
also gives them their vibrant colors: it’s an antioxidant called anthocyanin. It’s also found in blackberries, eggplant, grapes, and other brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
It works for you by dilating blood vessels, keeping them open,
and by warding off plaque on artery walls, thus aiding blood flow.
These characteristics are why new dietary guidelines from the USDA urge us to fill half our plate with colorful fruits and vegetables.
A serving of berries is one cup.
For blueberries, a cup has 85 calories. A cup of strawberries has just 50.
While this study focused on women, men can profit from blueberries and strawberries as well.
Berries don’t play favorites.