Get all the facts you need to know about this tasty superfood, which may help lower blood sugar and protect your heart.
If you want to control your blood sugar and help your heart at the same time, look no further. Dried white mulberries are the tasty new health sensation that's about to sweep the country. Learn everything you need to know about this exciting new superfood by reading this simple checklist:
- While many dried fruits contain 30 to 40 grams of sugar (more sugar than a candy bar!), dried mulberries contain less than half the amount of sugar found in raisins and significantly less than dried figs, cranberries, bananas, pineapples, mangos and dates.
- Even though they're lighter in sugar, these little berries are sweet, with a taste similar to fig and a consistency like a raisin.
- The berries pack a powerful antioxidant punch thanks to phenols that help neutralize damaging free radicals.
- Studies suggest that the antioxidants in white mulberries may help protect the heart against damage from some toxins.
- The berries are also a great source of protein, containing 4 grams of protein in just 1/3 of a cup.
- The impressive amount of fiber found in mulberries can help lower your cholesterol and regulate your digestion. You can get 20% of your daily fiber needs in just 1/3 of a cup!
- Watching your weight? No need to worry – mulberries have no saturated fat.
- The white mulberry leaves have scientists especially excited, since they may help prevent diabetes.
- A compound called 1-deoxynojirimycin (DNJ) found in mulberry leaves is thought to inhibit sugar digestion so that most sugar is not absorbed into the bloodstream and is instead excreted.
- Studies suggest DNJ helps prevent spikes in blood sugar. You can drink mulberry leaf tea with your meals to help control blood sugar and possibly prevent diabetes.
- You can find inexpensive pure mulberry tea or "sugar controller" or mixed leaf teas that contain mulberry leaves online or in your health food store.