We’re coming to the end of Heart Health Awareness month. So far this month, we’ve talked about lifestyle programs, cardio and taking the time to fall in love with fitness to maintain and monitor your heart health. Now let’s talk about a heart healthy snack – berries!! Berries – you say?! Why would I think of berries for heart health? Because they are berry, berry good for you!
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and even cranberries. Pick your favorite – they all have health benefits:
- Berries are high in fiber! – super important for your digestive system. Fiber helps lower your blood cholesterol, helps control blood sugars, and fills you up so you eat less and lose weight!
- Berries are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanin. This antioxidant helps preserve memory and slow down the aging process. (See the front cover of this month’s Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter regarding a study which showed blueberries scored the highest in antioxidant properties).
- Protects against cancer. Raspberries contain flavonoids – a substance that acts as an anti-cancer agent for esophageal and liver cancer.
- Ward off winter colds! Loaded with vitamin C and potassium to help ward off those nasty winter colds, and keep those muscles strong.
- Low in calories – a 1 cup serving on berries contains about 75 – 80 calories! What a bargain!
It’s hard to pick a favorite berry – they are all so juicy and delicious, but for Heart Health month, my pick would be strawberries. The red color and the shape reminds me of a heart! Enjoy!
– Elizabeth Quigley, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.