Weight Loss Benefits of Fresh Blueberries
Cold and sweet, blueberries have a crisp taste that is hard to beat. Versatile, these small ripe berries blend well into smoothies, adorn oatmeal, and give a delicious lift to a humble whole-grain banana muffin. Like other berries, blueberries pack a powerful nutritional punch in a small package. Every serving of blueberries also provides:
- Catechins. These powerful antioxidants are found in tea, chocolate, blueberries, and other fresh fruits like apples. Catechins, a natural plant phenol, can help you lose weight.
- Nutrients. Low in calories, blueberries are rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins C and E, riboflavin, iron, niacin and folate. Blueberries have just 85 calories per one-cup serving. Blueberries are considered to be a good source of manganese which promotes bone production, controls blood sugar, and protects cells against damage by free radicals.
- Dopamine. This "feel good" chemical in the brain does more than promote feelings of well-being. Dopamine helps to control weight as well as boost heart and brain health.
- Anti-Aging Free Radicals. In general, colorful berries are rich in anti-oxidants that protect us against the effects of aging. Blueberries, in particular, have been shown in recent studies to improve memory in older individuals who consumed the berries daily.
Blueberries make a great afternoon snack all on their own and can help you get your daily allowance of fresh fruits. Pair a serving of fresh or frozen blueberries with low-fat Greek yogurt or a handful of nuts for a snack that balances healthy carbs with filling protein.
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