Berries Linked to Lower Heart Disease Among Women via Time.com

January 18, 2013 | By | Comments (0)

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eliminate some of the processed foods from my diet. It’s not a total eradication, although that would be nice, but more of a “diet cleanup,” so to speak. I would love to be healthier about the food choices I make—for example—instead of reaching for a handful of chips at 5 p.m., choose something with more nutritional value (of course this is so much easier to say than do!)

While I was doing some research on healthy snack ideas, I read an interesting article on our sister site Time.com. According to the article, “women who ate three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week reduced their risk of heart attack by up to one third.”

The study, published in the journal Circulation, focused on blueberries and strawberries and says, “Both berries contain high levels of anthocyanins, as well as other flavonoids, which fight the effects of stress and free-radical damage to cells as they age. They can also keep heart vessels more elastic and flexible, which helps combat the growth of plaques that can build up and rupture, causing heart attacks.”

To read the full article, click here.

Note to self: adding blueberries and strawberries to my next grocery list for sure! Cleaner eating here I come.

See more healthy eating strategies from RealSimple.com:

The 30 Healthiest Foods

9 Healthy Predinner Snacks

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