Forget blueberries or bananas in your porridge, add & # 39; chokeberries & # 39; admittedly, scientists say that vitamin-packed, anti-aging fruits are even healthier
- Chokeberries – also known as aronia berries – contain many antioxidants
- Their properties are not damaged by heating, unlike other types of fruit
- Scientists say that this gives them great potential to be added to foods such as porridge
- They are originally from North America and can be found fresh in the UK in September
The newest & # 39; superfood & # 39; that you throw in your smoothie or porridge is according to George Chokeberries.
The fruit, originating from North America, contains many antioxidants that stimulate health, which can help fight diseases.
It is too sharp to be eaten in its raw state, but Polish scientists have found that the fruit's nutrients are not damaged when cooked in porridge – unlike some other fruits.
But the berry, which looks like a cranberry or blueberry, may be hard to come by in the UK due to low demand and a small market.
The newest & # 39; superfood & # 39; chokeberries that are thrown into your smoothie or porridge, Polish scientists say after findings that the antioxidant properties are not damaged by heating (stock image)
Natural vegetable food sources are being developed into functional foods – such as breakfast cereals – so that they have health benefits that go beyond normal foods.
The team from the medical university of Lublin in Poland was interested to see if they could make a maize porridge with chokeberries, also known as aronia berries.
In addition to their high concentration of antioxidants, chokeberries are full of vitamins such as vitamin C and flavonoids, the team said.
It is rather & # 39; the healthiest fruit in the world & # 39; is believed to have anti-aging properties, to be good for the heart, and even to act as an aphrodisiac.
The team created porridge with various added chokeberry, with the highest with 20 percent fruit.
WHY ARE ANTIOXIDANTS GOOD IN THE DIET?
Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that can prevent or delay some types of cell damage.
Diets with lots of fruits and vegetables, which are good sources of antioxidants, have proven to be healthy; However, research has not shown that antioxidant supplements are beneficial for the prevention of diseases.
Examples of antioxidants include vitamins C and E, selenium and carotenoids such as beta carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants. There are good indications that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is healthy and that health officials are encouraging people to eat more of this food.
Research has shown that people who eat more fruit and vegetables run less risk of various diseases; however, it may be due to other healthy lifestyle choices.
The results, published in the journal De Gruyter, discovered that increasing the amount of fruit of the apple berry and making the breakfast plate was higher for antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids and free phenolic acids.
The nutritional properties of the porridge samples did not decrease during the production process, despite the high temperatures that were used.
This makes it attractive because the antioxidant capacity of some fruits can be considerably reduced by heat or oxidation during processing.
Main author Anna Oniszczuk said: & Due to the high antioxidant content in the berry and the resistance to high temperatures during processing, the research shows how important the berry could be for the production of functional foods such as porridge. 39;
The best time to eat it would be 10 minutes after making it, because this is the moment when the fruit's ability to clear up free radicals is highest, the researchers said.
Ms. Oniszczuk added: "The results of the study show that extruded porridge enriched with chokeberry has potential to become a good source of natural antioxidants."
The researchers got their chokeberries from a local farmer in Southeast Poland, where it had long been popular.
However, they are hard to find in the UK, where there are only two or three growers.
In Scotland, Thomas Thomson, aronia grows in small quantities and delivers them to Tesco, where they are sold in small containers.
But because the growing season is very short and starts around September, they are not in the supermarket for long.
Melanie Thompson, director of the company, told MailOnline: & Due to limited knowledge about the berries, there is limited sales.
& # 39; It is really a way to add things because it is an acquired taste. If you add them to a muffin mix, flap jacks or apple juice, it's pretty tasty. & # 39;
Holland and Barrett sell dried ariona berries for £ 1.99 for 100 g, and Greens Organic sells it in a powder of £ 10.99 for 125 g.
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