Thursday, July 09, 2009

Berry Delicious and Nutritious!

According to the US Department of Agriculture, blueberries and blackberries are among the top ten healthiest foods. These berries are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that have been proven to fight cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
How can berries benefit people with diabetes?
  • Berries are all natural and low in fat, calories and carbs but high in fiber and vitamins making them the perfect diabetic snack.
  • Blueberries contain myrtillin and pterostilbene which help control and lower blood sugar levels.
  • Blueberries also promote circulation and strengthen capillaries and blood vessels to improve blood flow.
  • Blueberries are also great for your memory, eyes and heart.
  • Blackberries deliver 50% of your daily dose of vitamin C and are high in potassium which helps regulate blood pressure.
With all that goodness, it's a good thing its berry season! Stock up on berries: you can freeze them for later, bake with them, eat them as a snack, blend them into smoothie or toss them in a salad. Visit American Diabetes for Berry Recipe ideas.

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