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The Many Advantages of Adding More Berries to Your Diet

September 17, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu St. Louis 0 Comments

The Many Advantages of Adding More Berries to Your Diet

Sweet and tangy, juicy and crisp, berries are the perfect health snack for all those occasions where you just need something to munch on. These natural wonders are nature's perfect food, combining sugars and energy with vitamins and minerals. Berries are also full of juice, making them a great survival food in the case you are dehydrated and need to be revitalized. They are also used frequently as part of healthy recipes taught at many Missouri culinary schools. There really is no reason not to incorporate berries into a daily diet, so here are a few reasons why you should start right now.

1) Low in calories
Most berries are quite low in calories so you can eat as many as you want. A typical serving size of one-half cup provides a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to nutritional value and without the excess calories. In fact, a whole cup of fresh blackberries only contains about 63 calories! That's a number that would be quadrupled if you chose to snack on a typical candy bar instead.

2) High in antioxidants
Although there isn't a true cure for cancer yet, diet is probably one of the biggest contributing factors to cancer risk. A diet high in processed foods and animal products, especially red meat, will increase your cancer risk significantly. On the contrary, a diet consisting of plenty of berries would likely reduce your cancer risk greatly because it contains large amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, the stuff that is responsible for causing cancer. A school of culinary arts will likely teach their students not only the taste benefits of eating certain foods but also the health benefits as well.

3) Filled with vitamins
There are a multitude of vitamins that can be found in the many varieties of berries out there. Vitamin C is one of the most commonly found, and it is responsible for boosting the immune system against infection and disease while aiding in recovery from colds and other illnesses. Other benefits of Vitamin C include it's skin rejuvenating properties, regulation of blood vessel dilation, lowering the risk for high blood pressure, prevention of scurvy, and maintaining eye health.

4) Packed with fiber
If you've struggled with constipation, you will have another reason to add berries to the diet. Regular consumption of berries will help move the food smoothly through your digestive tract and out the other end painlessly. The GI tract is kept in good health and good working order with sufficient fiber intake. Many dieticians or those who have studied nutrition at a school of culinary arts use this tact to add tasty fiber to a person’s diet. Missouri culinary schools often focus on this aspect as well.

5) Delicious and nutritious
What other reason do you need to eat berries other than that they taste great? Whether you are a fan of sour foods or enjoy honey-sweet tastes, the vast selection of berries known to man will satisfy all kinds of taste buds.

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in St. Louis. Le Cordon Bleu College of
Culinary Arts in St. Louis offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs in the St. Louis, Missouri
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