Why This Dried Fruit is the New Health Food Craze

119879607 300x199 Why This Dried Fruit is the New Health Food CrazeOriginal Air Date: September 20, 2013

If you want something to help control your blood sugar, help you fight against heart disease, or even to lose weight, you ought to try this new health food craze. It’s the white mulberry that’s got everyone talking.

White Mulberry Vs. Dried Fruit

With almost half the amount of sugar found in other dried fruits (such as raisins, dried cranberries, dried pineapples, even dried mangoes), white mulberries are high in antioxidants and help your body to fight against toxic damage. The antioxidants, called phenols, help fight free radicals in your body which contribute to aging.

As Doctor Oz explains, “[white mulberry] puts the other dried fruits that people rely on to shame.” There’s about 18g of sugar per serving, whereas other dried fruits can contain anywhere between 30-40g of sugar. Moreover, dried white mulberry contains more fiber than your average dried fruits; a third of a cup of this health food has 20% of your daily recommended fiber intake. The white mulberry is also a good source of protein, with 4g of protein per 1/3 cup – half as much as almonds.

Fight Irregular Blood Sugar with this Health Food

But what’s really got everyone trying this health food is its ability to help fight blood sugar problems and battle weight loss. Firstly, white mulberries contain no saturated fat. What makes the mulberry so great are its leaves. The leaves of the health food contain 1-deoxynojirimycin (DNJ), an inhibitor of alpha-glucosidase. In simpler terms, the mulberry leaves is thought to inhibit sugar digestion where sugar is excreted instead of absorbed.

As Doctor Oz explains, regular sugar gets absorbed by the body, and any excess sugar goes from your stomach to the liver and turns into fat. The converted fat due to excess sugar then transfers fat in all your unwanted places – your thighs, your butt, and even your stomach. When this happens, your body’s insulin production is overworked, leading to type 2 diabetes.

As DNJ helps to prevent blood sugar spikes, Dr. Oz recommends a simple and effective way to ingest the white mulberry leaf to help you control blood sugar – with tea! He cautions consumers to drink the tea with your meal and make sure to read the label when buying white mulberry tea leaves. They should read, “sugar controller tea” or “mixed leaf tea”.

If you want to reap the benefits of this health food, dried white mulberries can be found at health food stores for about $5.

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