Blueberries Minus The Milk

One of the Eight Foods To Eat Every Day is blueberries.  Blueberries also happen to be one of my favorite foods.  I will often add them to whatever smoothie I am having for breakfast.  Or I’ll drop a handful into my cereal or oatmeal.  I love blueberry muffins.  And, in the summer, when they’re in season and plentiful, Jane makes a killer blueberry pie!

The reason blueberries are so good for you is that they are packed with polyphenols which provide blueberries with antioxidants.  However, according to a new study reported in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the antioxidant power of blueberries is significantly reduced by consuming blueberries with milk.  This has to do with the protein in milk. The study was conducted using people who consumed their blueberries with milk or water.

The blood work of  people who consumed the blueberries with milk did not show an increase in levels of plasma antioxidant capacity.  The conclusion the authors of the study draw is that  the best way to gain maximum benefits from blueberries (and other fruits eaten for their polyphenol content) is to consume them either one hour before protein is consumed, or two hours after.

So while we’re not consuming dairy, we usually eat our blueberries with almond milk, also a source of protein…. We’ll have to stop doing that if we want to get the full antioxidant benefits of our blueberries.

Source:  Natural News

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