Power Nutrient #3: Berries

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Power Nutrient #3:  Berries

Berries (BEST CHOICE) have high quantities of polyphenols, the same phytochemicals that give wine and chocolate a lot of their health-protecting qualities.

But unlike wine and chocolate, berries are not fattening and have no caffeine.

Berries owe their beautiful colors to anthocyanins, flavonoids that just might trip our fat-burning genes in the right direction.

One Japanese researcher found that anthocyanins stop individual fat cells from getting larger and encourage fat cells to release adiponectin, a hormone that helps reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar, and reverse leptin and insulin resistance.

Another study found that anthocyanins can reduce blood glucose levels after starch-rich meals, preventing insulin spikes that lead to diabetes.

Certain polyphenols found in raspberries and strawberries block the digestive enzyme activity of specific starches and fats, reducing your body’s absorption of them.

Combine this activity with the soluble fiber in berries, and you have a sweet treat that works hard to help you lose weight and keep your blood sugar where you want it – low.

Hormone HomeworkHave at least 1 serving per day (as much as you can afford!).

>Organic is a must!  Berries are among the most pesticide-laden fruits.

>Fresh or frozen is best.  You lose almost all the anthocyanins when you eat berries in processed foods.

>Look for packages with no visible juice stains, which suggest the berries are past their prime.  Discard any soft or bruised berries and store the rest in a bowl lined with a paper towel in the refrigerator.  Try to eat them within 48 hours of purchase.

>When berries are in season at the local farmers market, buy an entire flat, take them home, and gently wash them and let them dry.  Place the berries on a cookie sheet and freeze them, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag, where they can keep for up to 2 years.

>Black raspberries have an extremely high concentration of anthocyanins and ellagic acid and can often be found growing wild – keep your eyes peeled!

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