We like to think our BERRY smoothie is to die for! The strawberries give it a tangy quality, the blueberries give it a purplish hue and the mint provides a fresh hit that gets you up and running in the morning.
Our love for this smoothie has got us looking into other berries and what they could offer to our BERRY smoothie or even to a brand new flavour.
All this research has just got us to fall in love with berries even more so we couldn’t help but share what we’ve learnt!
Berries may be small but boy do they pack a health punch.
Berry Good DIET
Berries can be included in most diets. You may know that in some diets, fruit is taboo as a result of the high sugar content. However, half a cup of berries like blackberries or raspberries contain less than 4 grams of digestible carbs so if you’re eating low-carb or ketogenic, you’re good to go.
If you’re eating paleo, vegetarian, mediterranean or vegan, you can have berries in abundance.
If you’re looking lose weight, berries are a great snack because of the low calories. In addition to that, berries are a great source of fiber, including soluble fiber. Consuming soluble fiber slows down the movement of food through your digestive tract, leading to reduced hunger and increased feelings of fullness.
This could decrease your calorie intake and make weight management easier
Berry Good HEART
Berries help your heart health in so many different ways.
- Black raspberries and strawberries have been shown to help lower cholesterol in obese people and those with metabolic syndrome.
- Berries may help prevent LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized or damaged, which is believed to be a major risk factor for heart disease.
- The cells that line your blood vessels are called endothelial cells. These cells help control blood pressure, keep blood from clotting and perform other important functions. Berries have been shown to improve endothelial function in studies in healthy adults, individuals with metabolic syndrome and smokers.
- In a controlled study of 44 people with metabolic syndrome, those who consumed a daily blueberry smoothieshowed significant improvements in endothelial function, compared to those who consumed a smoothie without blueberries.
Berry Good SUGAR
Studies suggest that berries may improve blood sugar and insulin levels.
In one study of healthy women, consuming 5 ounces (150 grams) of puréed strawberries or mixed berries with bread led to a 24–26% reduction in insulin levels, compared to consuming the bread alone.
Moreover, in a six-week study, obese, insulin-resistant people who consumed a blueberry smoothie twice per day experienced greater improvements in insulin sensitivity than the group who consumed smoothies without berries.
With all that goodness, how can you not be crazy about berries? Keep an eye on our product list because we feel a new berry filled smoothie coming soon!