Today on the blog we’ve got a special guest. The team over at Thrive Fitness has agreed to speak with us, specifically Angela who is not only a personal trainer in Burnaby, BC but also a nutritionist. We’re going to be talking about Berries (what else?) and the powerful impacts they can have on your health. Take it away Angela!
Everyone knows fruit is healthy, but I’ve found that explaining the science of it all helps my clients grasp a better understanding of why it’s incredibly important that they eat their fruit (and of course veggies!). Today I’m excited to discuss specifically about berries.
First off, if you have access to in season berries you’d be nuts not to go for it. Ideally buy it at the farmers market because the fewer miles it travels the better it’s going to be for you! Generally speaking, if it doesn’t have to travel as far there will be less toxins on it. An extremely important factor when deciding where to buy your produce. And if you can get it organic all the better. Most of us take for granted how many pesticides are sprayed on fruit and vegetables and the implications that such pesticides have on our body. Because the idea of organic and pesticides isn’t a terribly old idea there ins’t enough information to really give us concrete evidence one way or another in terms of the overall impact.
My philosophy at the grocery store has always been if you can’t pronounce or don’t know what an ingredient is then you shouldn’t put it in your mouth. You wouldn’t spray a cleaner in your mouth that is loaded with chemicals so why would you eat produce that is riddled with foreign substances? Essentially all you’re doing is overloading the body with unnecessary toxins that have a negative impact.
One the buzz words going around the health and fitness world is “antioxidants”. It comes up all the time and while it gets tossed around with far too much frequency we shouldn’t ignore it. This is a massive generalization (antioxidants) and covers a huge range of compounds which all have different implications. For instance some help the immune system, others help to fight cancer cells while others might fight disease. Flavonoids for example are found in Strawberries and Blueberries. They help us stay sharp as we age fighting cognitive decline, something that we often take for granted until we start having issues with memory loss.
Berries are packed full of vitamins and minerals as well. They’re often contain high sugar content but because it’s a naturally occurring sugar it doesn’t have the same damaging effect that white sugar has on the body. That said, don’t overdue it because at the end of the day it is sugar!
Enjoy your blueberries (or Raspberries!)