Monday, April 30, 2007
This was from a hungry girl article, but I had to share!
We LOVE this story! Recent findings by U.S. and Thai researchers suggest that combining ethanol (the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila, etc.) with strawberries and blackberries actually boosts the activity of the antioxidants in the fruits. In fact, they say ANY colored fruit might be more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol (and lucky for us, we can't think of too many colorless fruits!). The researchers accidentally learned that treating berries with alcohol increased their antioxidant capacity and free-radical scavenging ability (both very good things) while exploring ways to help keep strawberries fresh during storage. It could be time to blend up some fancy 'n fruity daiquiris. Just be sure to use lots of fresh fruit and go easy on the sweet mixers! BTW -- we don't recommend dousing all your fruit in alcohol, but if yo u're gonna indulge in some cocktails, it's good to know you'll be getting the most out of your fruit!