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Banish Belly Fat with Blueberries


Jonny Bowden, author, nutritionist and weight loss coach cuts through all the misconceptions about diet and fitness to help you transform your body, your health and your life.

You’ve probably heard me rant and rave about blueberries. I eat them about six days a week, I gave them a “star” in my book “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” and I’ve spoken at length about their high antioxidant content, their low sugar content and their ability to boost memory (in experiments conducted by Jim Joseph at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging).

Well, get ready for some hot news: Blueberries may also help banish belly fat.

The researchers suggest that blueberries, with their high antioxidant content, might somehow alter the way the body stores and processes sugar — great news for those at risk for both heart disease and diabetes. “Our findings in regard to blueberries show the naturally occurring chemicals they contain, such as anthocyanins, show promise in mitigating these health conditions,” said researcher Dr.Steven Bolling of the University of Michigan. The study was presented at the national conference Experimental Biology 2009 in New Orleans.

I find blueberries one of the easiest foods to incorporate into your diet. In season or not, you can always get them frozen, and I like to eat them right out of the freezer (mixed with frozen cherries). I put some FAGE 2 percent yogurt on them, sprinkle with some slivered almonds, flaked unsweetened coconut and some probiotic powder and have them as a nightly “dessert.” It’s the ultimate “anti-aging” treat!

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