We at Delta Blue Blueberries consider blueberries to be one of the sweetest treats in the fruit family. They’re super easy to integrate into your diet at any meal of the day or even as a snack, and not only are they packed full of flavor, they have a lot of health benefits. We believe that makes them even sweeter. One of the latest ways that blueberries have been seen as a benefit to our health is as a way of helping manage insulin in diabetics.
There are two types of diabetes: Type I and Type II. Type I diabetes (more commonly known as Juvenile Onset Diabetes), is a condition that attacks the cells that develop insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot properly break down sugars. Type II diabetes, on the other hand, is a condition that can be developed at any age. In Type II diabetes, the body cannot use insulin properly – this is referred to as Insulin Resistance. The body will attempt to create extra insulin to make up for the resistance, but eventually, it will be unable to keep up. While Type I is a condition that cannot be prevented, Type II can be offset, managed and even reversed to some degree through a healthy diet and exercise.
Recent studies have shown that those who eat blueberries at least three times a week have cut their risk of developing Type II diabetes by 26 percent, according to a study recently reported upon by the BBC. Because of the amount of fiber and nutrients in the fruit, researchers believe this to affect the development of Type II diabetes. While some people are subject to becoming pre-diabetic because of their genetics, through a healthy diet and exercise – especially a diet that includes blueberries – Type II diabetes could be delayed for months, if not years.
Researchers also conducted a juice versus fruit study as well. Fruit juice removes a lot of the fiber and nutrients provided by the actual fruit, meaning that drinking fruit juice can cause blood sugar levels to rise quickly. Those who ate blueberries instead of drinking fruit as part of the study dropped their risk of developing juvenile diabetes by as much as 33 percent. You can read more information on the juice effect and the overall results of the study on the BBC’s website.
According to Livestrong, eating blueberries can also help you process glucose more efficiently, and may even help to lower blood sugar. There have also been strong correlations in recent studies with rats showing weight loss and belly fat loss. After the rats ate a blueberry-based powder, they showed a lower risk for developing diabetes. The rats’ bodies also adapted to a more efficient method of storing and burning energy.
While there is still research being conducted, we believe that blueberries are a super fruit in more than just their taste. We are passionate about our organic blueberries, and know that the fantastic taste of our berries speaks volumes. They look good, they taste good and they make you feel great!