Most mornings, I pour a quarter cup of cereal, half cup of frozen blueberries and a quarter cup of walnuts into my cereal bowl. I drown the concoction in vanilla soy milk.
This has been my approximate breakfast for the last five or six years. At times, I’ll vary the ingredients, but the overall balance remains the same.
I switched to this diet for health, but also because of flavor. There is something about the way all four ingredients mix together that I love.
Although blueberries are regularly touted as a power food, when it comes to fighting certain cancers, I might be better off with blackberries, reports Tara Parker-Pope of The New York Times. Studies show that black raspberries help “inhibit the development of oral, esophageal and colon cancers in rats.”
The problem? Humans must eat about a pound of berries a day to get enough of the cancer-fighting compounds. Lets see, that would be about $4-$8 a day for frozen, or $10-$12 a day for fresh. Ouch.
The high prices for the food will probably mean a supplement will be expanding on the market soon – anthocyanin powder – which is the main ingredient studies show to have cancer-fighting properties.
So, will I switch to blackberries? Probably not. I love my blueberry-based breakfast. Besides, most of the blackberries sold at the store – frozen or fresh – are too often unpalatably sour.