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Forget about adding blueberries to your porridge, now scientists are telling you to head for chokeberries

Forget blueberries or bananas in your porridge, add ‘chokeberries’ – scientists say the vitamins packed with anti-aging fruits are even healthier

  • Chokeberries – also known as aronia berries – contain many antioxidants
  • Their properties are not damaged when heated, unlike other fruits
  • Scientists said that this offers them great potential to be added to foods such as porridge
  • They are originally from North America and are fresh in the UK in September

The latest ‘superfood’ to throw in your smoothie or porridge is chokeberries, scientists say.

The fruit, originating from North America, contains many health-promoting antioxidants that can help in the fight against diseases.

It is too sharp to be eaten raw, but Polish scientists discovered 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 difficult to get in the UK due to low demand and a small market.

The newest 'superfood' to throw in your smoothie or porridge are choke berries, Polish scientists say after findings that the antioxidant properties are not damaged when heated (stock image)

The newest ‘superfood’ to throw in your smoothie or porridge are choke berries, Polish scientists say after findings that the antioxidant properties are not damaged when heated (stock image)

Natural sources of vegetable foods are developed into functional foods – such as breakfast cereals – so that they have health benefits that go beyond normal food products.

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, choke berries are full of vitamins, such as vitamin C and flavonoids, the team said.

It used to be called ‘the healthiest fruit in the world’, it is believed to have anti-aging properties, good for the heart and even works as an aphrodisiac.

The team created porridge with varying contents of chokeberry, with the highest with 20 percent fruit.


Antioxidants are artificial or natural substances that can prevent or delay some types of cell damage.

Foods 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 in preventing diseases.

Examples of antioxidants are 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 health officials encourage people to eat more of this food.

Research has shown that people who eat more fruits and vegetables run less risk of various diseases; however, it may be due to other choices for a healthy lifestyle.

The results, published in the magazine of De Gruyter, showed that increasing the content of the berry fruit made the breakfast bowl higher in antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids and free phenolic acids.

The nutritional properties of the porridge samples did not deteriorate during the production process, despite the high temperatures 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 emphasizes how important the berry can be for the production of functional foods such as porridge.”

The best time to eat it would be 10 minutes after making, because this is the ability of the fruit to clear up free radicals, the researchers said.

Mrs. Oniszczuk added: “The results of the study show that extruded porridge enriched with chokeberry fruit can become a good source of natural antioxidants.”

The researchers got their chokeberries from a local farmer in southeastern Poland, where it has long been popular.

However, they are hard to find in the UK, where there are only two or three growers.

In Scotland, Thomas Thomson grows aronia in small quantities and delivers it to Tesco, where they are sold in small containers.

But because the growing season is very short, starting around September, they are not on the supermarket shelves for long.

Melanie Thompson, director of the company, told MailOnline: “Due to limited knowledge of berries, there is limited revenue.

‘It is really something to add to things because it is an acquired taste. If you add them to a muffin mix, flap jacks or apple juice, it is very tasty. ”

Holland and Barrett sell dried ariona berries for £ 1.99 for 100 g, and Greens Organic sell it in a £ 10.99 powder for 125 g.