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When was the last time you ate berries? If you don’t remember, your diet needs a makeover. Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, these tiny fruits can boost your health on every level. They offer both flavour and nutrition, and make a great snack between meals. Not to mention that it’s berry season here in Australia, so you can enjoy them every single day.
Why Berries Are Good for Your Health
Berries are a powerhouse of nutrition. They provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that benefit your health. A single serving of blueberries provides over 50 percent of the RDA of vitamin C and 47 percent of the RDA of manganese. Vitamin C boosts immune function and increases collagen levels in the skin. These delicious, healthy fruits also contain polyphenols that reduce bad cholesterol and lower heart disease risk.
Rich in antioxidants, blueberries lead to a stronger immune system, a younger-looking skin and they increase good cholesterol and scavenge oxidative stress.
In clinical trials, subjects who consumed one serving of berries with bread experienced a 26 percent decrease in insulin levels compared to those eating bread alone. Due to their hypoglycemic properties, these fruits may lower your risk of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type II diabetes. Plus, the fiber keeps you full longer and regulates blood sugar levels.
How to Incorporate Berries into Your Diet
Without a doubt, berries are among the healthiest fruits on earth. On top of that, they taste amazing. Due to their naturally sweet flavour, they curb sugar cravings and delight your taste buds. You can even use them as a natural sugar substitute in cake, cookies, puddings, and other homemade desserts.
Pass by Tastes of the Region to get you produce made with local berries and stock up your pantries! Everyone has space for something sweet and healthy…