Fruit is an important part of a healthy diet. It contains high amounts of a variety of nutrients, especially antioxidants.
Antioxidants help to prevent oxidation in the body - a chemical reaction that changes a stable molecule into a free radical. Exposure to certain environmental factors, UV light, hazardous chemicals, air pollution, poor dietary habits and smoking can all trigger free radicals to form.
For our eye health antioxidants may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. They also have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer as well as enhance immune function.
A great way to obtain more antioxidants in your diet is through fruit, especially berries! All berries are high in antioxidants and contain vitamin C, vitamin E and fibre.
Summertime is the perfect season to enjoy so many great varieties of fresh berries!
• Add fresh or frozen berries to your morning smoothie.
• Add fresh summer berries to your salad.
• Enjoy in a yogurt parfait.
• Berries make a great mid-afternoon or mid-morning snack.