Puree protection

This might be the only time something good ever came out of eating white bread.

But it’s not the only time research has revealed the benefit of berries–especially when it comes to high blood sugar. So let’s just say the results bear repeating.

Researchers recently recruited a small group of healthy women for three different two-hour meal studies. In each study, subjects ate a serving of bread (equal to 50 grams of available starch) along with 150 grams (about 5 ounces) of pureed berries.

In the first study, subjects received strawberries, bilberries, or lingonberries. In the second, subjects received raspberries, cloudberries, or chokeberries. In the final study, the subjects received a mixture of equal parts strawberries, bilberries, cranberries, and blackcurrants.

Results showed that both strawberries and the berry mixture significantly improved the glycemic impact of white bread–reducing insulin response by 36 percent and 38 percent respectively.

These results appeared in the Journal of Nutrition. And they couldn’t have come at a better time.

Late spring is strawberry season in a lot of parts of the country. So make sure you take a trip to your local Farmer’s Market sometime soon. It’ll be good for your blood sugar and your taste buds.

“Berries Reduce Postprandial Insulin Responses to Wheat and Rye Breads in Healthy Women.” J. Nutr. April 1, 2013 vol. 143 no. 4 430-436.