Blueberries are one of my favorite foods. I love to eat them raw and unadorned, straight from the supermarket. They taste sweet and delicious, just as they are.
But you know what’s the best thing of all about blueberries? They are a superb diet and weight loss food. Seriously!
The general health benefits of the blueberry are undeniable. Doctors and nutrition experts consider blue berries to be one of the top “super foods,” possibly the most super of them all. They are not just jam-packed full of vitamins. Blueberries also contain enzymes and antioxidants that combat many health problems, including urinary tract infections. and even cancer.
But from my point of view, here’s the biggest plus of all: blueberries will also help you shed extra pounds, keep unwanted weight off, and even give a psychological boost to your whole weight loss effort! Let me explain.
Fresh blueberries are delicious and sweet even without added sugar. And yet, these tasty berries are actually quite low in fruit sugar (fructose) and total calories. In fact, those who struggle with high blood sugar levels will benefit a great deal from eating blueberries. These fruits actually help regulate blood sugar levels. This is why even in low-carb diet programs like Atkins, blueberries are the only fruit allowed.
Blueberries are also full of fiber. The high fiber content helps speed up elimination and promotes internal cleansing. So if you keep regular bathroom habits, and also eat blueberries regularly, the routine will keep bloating at bay and prevent unwanted fat from accumulating around your midsection.
Numerous studies have shown that there is a link between plentiful consumption of blueberries and lower abdominal fat. Abdominal fat is the kind linked to diabetes and heart disease.
Researchers believe these results show that antioxidant-rich blueberries may change how the body stores and processes sugar for energy, and this effectively reduces the risk of both heart disease and diabetes.
And speaking of energy: blueberries are also a great energy booster for anyone who is following an exercise program for weight loss. And you are following a running or aerobic exercise regimen as I recommend, aren’t you? Eat fresh blueberries, or enjoy a blue berry smoothie after your workout, and your recovery will be much faster and easier. The nutrient-packed berries are the perfect thing to get your body charged up again after training.
Now here’s another huge benefit for weigh loss dieting: blueberries have been proven to bring speedy satiation. Even a handful of fresh blueberries can stave off your hunger pangs. What that means is – blueberries tend to make you full right away, and this will help to prevent you from gorging on too much food.
Do you need more reasons to add blueberries to your daily diet?
- compared to nearly 40 other other fruits and vegetables, blueberries rank highest in disease-fighting antioxidants
- 1 serving (about 100 grams) of fresh blueberries delivers the equivalent antioxidant capacity of five serving of some fruits and vegetables.
- phytochemicals and flavanoids that combat cancer are found in large doses in even a small quantity of blueberries.
- blueberries are as effective as cranberries in preventing urinary tract infections.
So go ahead and indulge on these super blueberries. They taste good and they are so good for you! Definitely, blueberries help promote weight loss as well. All you need is about a half cup of fresh blueberries everyday to enjoy all this super food’s benefits.