Berries contain the same kind of properties that are found in red wine, tea and chocolate that can be protective against the risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. A one year trial run by the University of East Anglia showed that diets rich in biological properties, called flavonoids, were associated with a reduced risk of suffering a heart attack within the next decade.
The participants that ate a bar rich in flavonoids, as part of the study, experienced a 3.4% reduction in risk of heart attacks compared with participants which were given a placebo.
The study was comprised of 93 female participants, aged between 51 and 74, with type 2 diabetes. Women of this age group with type 2 diabetes have a notably higher risk of heart disease, with diabetes increasing the risk by three and a half.
Dr Ketan Dhatariya, one of the researchers at the University of East Anglia, adds: “Foods that are rich in flavonoids can potentially reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, which sadly remain the leading causes of premature death in this group of women.”
Berries are known to be a healthy option and as they have relatively low GI (glycaemic index) values, compared with other fruits, they’re a good choice of fruit for people with diabetes.

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