Boost the Benefits of Blueberries
Get more nutrition from your blueberries by tossing them into a steamy bowl of oatmeal instead of cold cereal and milk.
Why? Because a recent study revealed that combining blueberries and
milk in the same meal could block your body's absorption of the
antioxidant goodness in the berries.
The ABCs of Antioxidant Absorption
Blueberries are packed with powerful phenolic antioxidants that help
keep you young by combating oxidative stress. Problem is, these
superchemicals don't always make it from your mouth to your bloodstream;
you probably absorb less than 5 percent of the phenolics you get from
foods. And certain food combos don't help. When researchers had
volunteers eat blueberries with a chaser of water or milk, the
blueberry-and-milk combo resulted in significantly fewer phenolics being
absorbed compared with the berries-and-water combo.
When Milk Doesn't Do You Good
Researchers believe that the proteins in milk somehow interfere with
antioxidant absorption. And other milk research has already shown
similar results with tea and chocolate phenolics. So what to do? Skim
milk in your cereal may be an option. Although skim milk still
interfered with phenolic absorption in the blueberry study, it
interfered less than whole milk. You could also wait a couple of hours
between eating blueberries and having milk. Ready for a milk-free
JdP> Yet Yogurt (proteins) must be different (changed during the culturig of milk into yogurt, I imagine) because other studies show that Yogurt and Blueberries work better, synergistically, better when eaten together. As I posted, here, previously.