In a large study in Circulation, researchers looked at people’s food journals and found that those who ate strawberries and blueberries three days per week had a 32 percent reduced risk of heart attack, even when compared to people who ate plenty of other fruits and vegetables, independent of other risk factors. While other berries also contain the powerful antioxidant anthocyanins, strawberries and blueberries are most commonly eaten so usually get the attention. Either way, get some more berries in your life — and reap those heart benefits.
Michelle Dudash, RDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist, Cordon Bleu-certified chef, and cookbook author.
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