New research from Harvard University has found that eating blueberries could help with your weight loss efforts.
What research was undertaken?
During the study the team of researchers looked at the dietary habits of more than 133,000 adults in the USA.
They discovered that those who ate just a handful of blueberries every day were able to lose over half a kilogram in weight over a 4 year period.
The researchers compared blueberries to other fruits and vegetables over the same time period and found that some caused weight gain.
What makes blueberries so beneficial?
The reason why blueberries are so beneficial for weight loss and your overall health is that they contain a high percentage of antioxidants.
Blueberries also contain a good amount of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fibre too, which also offer various health benefits.
Other benefits of blueberries
A diet rich in antioxidants can provide numerous health benefits including:
- Improved brain function
- Better eye sight
- Improved urinary tract health
The manganese found in blueberries can help your body to convert food into energy, while the dietary fibre is useful for helping to keep your cholesterol levels under control.
How to experience the weight loss benefits of blueberries?
With this research showing that you only need to consume a handful of blueberries daily to experience the benefits it makes sense to buy a few to snack on everyday.
You can add blueberries to various meals, for example during baking, or as a side for a salad or meat dish.
Blueberries can even be added as a pizza topping or added to a homemade smoothie. There really isn’t any reason why you cannot eat them every day.