Have you seen the latest meta-analysis from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition?
The article, Associations of dietary intakes of anthocyanins and berry fruits with risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies, explored the link between the anthocyanins in berries and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
The results are very encouraging.
The summary from Food Navigator USA really captures it best...
“Data from almost 400,000 people suggests that consuming berries and the anthocyanins they contain may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus by 15-18%.”
In other words, strong evidence indicates that consuming berries may be linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
How great is that?
The goal of the study was "To investigate the associations of dietary intakes of anthocyanins and berry fruits with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) risk and to evaluate the potential dose–response relationships based on prospective cohort studies" (source).
Encouragingly, the anthocyanins in common berries appeared to lower the risk of diabetes among the hundreds of thousands of people in the studies. Anthocyanins are water-soluble pigments that belong in the flavonoid family, which in turn is a collection of phytochemicals. These compounds help fight oxidation and improve health.
Great sources of anthocyanins include...
- Red Cabbage
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Berry eaters may be at lower risk of diabetes: Meta-analysis
By Stephen Daniells+, 22-Aug-2016
Data from almost 400,000 people suggests that consuming berries and the anthocyanins they contain may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus by 15-18%.
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Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.