Healthy Tips for A Sweeter, Simpler Life

These days, many Americans are embracing simplicity for a more balanced and joyful life. They’re cut-ting out the complications and focusing on what matters most—whether it’s spending time with family or prioritizing wellness.

 

Eating Eight Strawberries A Day May Improve Heart, Mind And Body
Just one cup a day of America’s favorite fruit, strawberries, benefits the entire body. Clinical research suggests that eating just a serving of eight medium strawberries a day may improve heart health, help manage diabetes, support brain health, and reduce the risk of some cancers. The American Diabetes As-sociation identifies berries, including strawberries, as one of the top 10 superfoods for a diabetes meal plan because they are low in sugar and packed with vitamins, antioxidants and dietary fiber. When added up, strawberries provide a nutritious boost for the entire body.

 

Anthocyanins in Strawberries Improve Insulin Resistance
A new study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that anthocyanin-rich straw-berries may improve insulin sensitivity. Insulin resistance (IR) is a hallmark of metabolic syndrome and a risk factor for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Subjects in the study were served a typical ‘Western-style’ meal high in carbohydrates and fat plus a beverage that contained freeze-dried whole strawberry powder (amount of powder ranged from 0 grams to 40 grams, equivalent to 3 cups of fresh strawberries). When subjects drank the most concentrated beverage, they didn’t produce as much insulin as when they drank the least concentrated versions. In other words, they didn’t need as much insulin to metabolize their meal after drinking the anthocyanin-rich strawberry shake. The study results add to the collective evidence that consuming strawberries may help improve insulin action.

 

“The health benefits of strawberries for the heart, body and mind are really incredible. In addition to the new insulin resistance study, another recent study indicated that an eating plan called the Mediterranean-DASH In-tervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, or “MIND”, diet can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by more than one-third-and the secret was a healthy daily dose of strawberries and blueberries,” said Toby Amidor, reg-istered dietitian. “Since strawberries can play a role in protecting our brains as we age, there’s never been a better time to remember to eat more strawberries.”