Seasons Pick: Berries | Reader's Digest

Season’s Pick: Berries

Summer's sweetest fare provides a highly concentrated dose of disease-fighting antioxidants.

By Janis Graham from Reader's Digest | July 2008

Eat your fill of fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. They’re at their peak right now, and they’re heart healthy. Adults who ate about a cup of berries a day lowered their blood pressure and raised their HDL (good) cholesterol after eight weeks, according to a new study from Finland.

Berries (fresh or frozen) are a highly concentrated source of polyphenols, disease-fighting antioxidants also found in red wine, grapes, chocolate, and nuts, says Paula Quatromoni, RD, an assistant professor of nutrition at Boston University. She tosses handfuls in cereal, salads, smoothies, and pancakes. She also likes puréed berries spiked with onions, garlic, and spices served alongside poultry and meat.