Scientists have discovered a new reason to hit the farmers’ market this summer. The February issue of Molecular Nutrition & Food Nutrition reported that strawberries may improve insulin resistance.
The study tested 21 adults with insulin resistance, a condition that can gradually lead to type 2 diabetes. Participants ate a meal high in carbohydrates and fats, along with a drink that contained various amounts of freeze-dried whole strawberry powder. The results: People who drank more strawberry powder required less insulin to metabolize their meals.
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Researchers think pigments called anthocyanins are responsible for this beneficial effect, and there are other good reasons to eat strawberries: They’re low in sugar and full of vitamins, and, of course, they’re delicious—even if you don’t submerge them in zabaglione.