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July is Berry Time! Did you know that July is National Berry Month? This includes everything from blackberries to raspberries and blueberries. They are bursting with vitamins and minerals that are classified as antioxidants. The USDA found that blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are among the top 11 foods for antioxidant activity. Berries offer potential protection against cancer, a boost to the immune system, and a guard for the liver and brain. An American Cancer Society study of nearly 100,000 men and women found that those who ate the most berries appeared significantly less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. Berries, in all their colorful, sweet and f lavorful glory, are protective little antioxidant powerhouses. The issue shouldn’t be how you are going to get your one minimum daily serving, but rather how you are going to pry yourself

away from them? In your smoothie, as a dessert, on your salad, or just popped right into your mouth ~ they are nature’s sweets. Fresh berries, of course, are divine. My family enjoys pick-yourown outings, and then we freeze them in abundance. But are frozen berries as nutritious as fresh ones? Studies on cherries, raspberries and strawberries suggest that most of their nutrition is retained even when frozen. This is great news! I usually opt for frozen berries since they last longer, are available year round, and tend to be cheap-

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Tidewater Times July 2017

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