Eating Blueberries to Lose Belly Fat
Wouldn’t an alternative to sit-ups be wonderful? It seems that blueberries could be that alternative. The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center has completed a study that shows the tiny berry has multiple health benefits, including helping to decrease belly fat. The study talks about phytochemicals, anthocyanins, and naturally occurring anti-oxidants, but for those who just want the facts – the study shows that blueberries have a positive effect on conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome; and, that blueberries were helpful in reducing belly fat – a key condition leading to those diseases.
The 90-day study was performed on rats given blueberry-enriched powder as two percent of their diet. The results included “less abdominal fat, lower triglycerides, lower cholesterol, and improved fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity.” The rats, specially-bred overweight rats, were given the blueberry powder and were put on low-fat and high-fat diets. While both groups showed health benefits from the blueberries, the low-fat diet rats showed decreased risk for the targeted diseases and reductions in weight and body fat. A search The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition results in 123 articles which reference blueberries.
The day after this study’s results were announced, a visit to the local grocery store found empty blueberry displays. A visit a week later found a significant increase in the price of blueberries. Never fear, much like the aftermath of the findings for the health benefits of cranberries, there surely will be blueberry supplemental pills, blueberry juice, blueberry powder, and an increase in recipes using blueberries. Beyond the health benefits found in the University of Michigan study, other studies involving blueberries have found they are beneficial in improving memory, are a good source of fiber, and are helpful with cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Read the study, or at least a summary, and decide if trying blueberries, along with a low-fat diet, could contribute to your health.
Blueberries has many health benefits, high in vitamin C and fiber , blueberries also has antioxidants to help strengthen your immune system and improve your health.
Enjoy blueberries with cereal, in plain vanilla yogurt, on pancakes, as a garnish for salads, and in low-fat milkshakes. According to USDA, there are 84 calories and 4 grams of dietary fiber in 1 cup of blueberries.
Blueberry Snack Pack
1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup granola
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup Wheat Chex
In a bowl mix 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Add blueberries, granola, Wheat Chex, and walnuts and mix well. Store in container with airtight lid.