Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Berry Very Good
Berries - blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries - are the perfect blend of flavor and nutrition. The colors should clue you in - after all, experts agree that the darker and brighter a food's natural color is, the better it is for your health. And with the variety of berries and their respective colors, you are sure to get more than your fair share of antioxidants from them.
Each berry's color comes from a different type of flavonoids, so you should eat a variety. Blueberries are among the highest in overall antioxidant content. It can match spinach and kale, no problem. But raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries contain several flavonoids that are not in blueberries. All contain vitamins C and E that can boost their antioxidant ability. They're also high in fiber, an important component of a heart-healthy diet.