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Study: Eating Blueberries for Antioxidants? Skip the Milk.

Photo by diongillard via Flickr

Photo by diongillard via Flickr

Over the past few years, Karen transitioned from an unhealthy diet to a much healthier one.  These days, she felt much less fatigued and much happier.  She was so happy with the results that she was determined to keep studying up on health, in order to make better and better food choices.  So, when she read that blueberries were among the fruits with the highest antioxidant levels, she immediately went out and bought some fresh blueberries.  The next morning she topped her cereal with fresh blueberries, proud that she was taking one more positive step for her health.

Blueberries are definitely a fruit worth eating.  What Karen may not realize is that what you eat blueberries with may play a role in how much of the antioxidants you receive from them.

Study:
Scientists from the National Institute of Research for Diet and Nutrition in Rome, Italy were interested in finding out what happens to the antioxidant activity of blueberries when milk is consumed with them.  The study involved eleven healthy participants who were asked to consume either 200g of blueberries with 200ml of water or 200g of blueberries with 200ml of whole milk.  Blood samples were collected prior to consumption and at one, two and five hours post consumption.  After studying the samples, the scientists concluded that the antioxidant activity of blueberries was impaired significantly when milk was ingested.

What does this mean?
This means that if you want to get the most health benefits from eating blueberries, you probably do not want to include them in any cereal or meal that includes milk.  In this small study, the antioxidant activity of blueberries was reduced substantially when milk was involved.  So, please continue enjoying this super fruit, just not with milk!

Source: National Institute of Research for Diet and Nutrition (via PubMed)

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  1. Maria Isabel says:

    Interesting! I didn’t know that there was a difference on the amount of antioxidants when you eat blueberries with milk. Well, you learn everyday!

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  3. Chrissy says:

    Does this include just dairy or things such as almond milk as well?

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