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Best Summer Foods from The F-Factor Diet: Blueberries

I am loving this new book, The F-Factor Diet ($16.47). The basis of the book is to make sure that the foods you eat the most of have enough fiber. I love the idea of adding more fiber into your diet, not only for weight loss, but for the amazing benefits it brings (reduced risk of heart disease). Plus who doesn't love a diet that tells you to eat more?

Tanya Zuckerbrot, the author of the book is a well established nutritionist who has been practicing this program with clients for more than ten years. In other words, she knows her stuff. Of course there is way more to it than that and you'd have to read the book to get all the details, however Tanya gave me the scoop on the five best foods for summer. Here is one of them:

BLUEBERRIES
Summer dish: sprinkled on top of your morning cereal, tossed in a mixed green salad, or baked into pie
The benefits of blueberries are endless! If you ask health experts, blueberries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are one of the richest sources of antioxidants of the fruits and vegetables that have been studied. Antioxidants are responsible in part for keeping us healthily and young. They help fight cell damaging "free radicals". Free radicals are unstable substances that our bodies produce as we get older. They damage human cells and our DNA. US scientists have shown that the antioxidants contained in Blueberries help to slow the aging process and reduce the risk of cancer.

Blueberries have also shown to not only halt the aging process but actually reverse it! Experiments have also indicated that eating Blueberries improves short term memory loss and improves balance and co-ordination. Chemical studies have very recently revealed that Blueberries (as well as strawberries and raspberries) contain chemicals that decreased the growth of cervical and breast cancer cells by a considerable percentage.

Missed the others? Well, so far Tanya also told us about tomatoes and salmon.

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lovekailua lovekailua 8 years
i love blueberries so much. i used to get the at a farmer's market here in FL but now i have to get them at supermarket until next season, i still love them!
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 8 years
I don't know why, but blueberries (raw, odd enough because mostly I eat raw) just make me puke. I make sure they are ripe enough, but no matter what: BLEH!I'm not even allergic to them and I LOVE tart and bitter fruits/things.Maybe in a few years I will come to enjoy them.
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 8 years
I don't know why, but blueberries (raw, odd enough because mostly I eat raw) just make me puke. I make sure they are ripe enough, but no matter what: BLEH! I'm not even allergic to them and I LOVE tart and bitter fruits/things. Maybe in a few years I will come to enjoy them.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 8 years
I don't think I've ever had a blueberry outside of in a muffin or bagel. I'm going to get some at Whole Foods this weekend and see how I like them.
Charlie Charlie 8 years
i'm glad they're so good for me, considering they're the only food i get mad cravings for!
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 8 years
Mmm! Good to hear all the reminders about how great blueberries are. I LOVE them on top of my kashi cereals :)Thanks, Fit!
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 8 years
Mmm! Good to hear all the reminders about how great blueberries are. I LOVE them on top of my kashi cereals :) Thanks, Fit!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I wish blueberries were available all year round. But it's just one of those foods that make summer so fun and worthwhile!
Basma Basma 8 years
thank you dear :)
Basma Basma 8 years
thank you dear :)
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