Drinking your fruit a healthy way to go

For those of us who don't eat as much fruit as we should, a study just published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture hints at a way to remdy that.

Consume your fruit in an alcoholic cocktail.

The study, a joint undertaking of Kasetsart University in Thailand and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Service, says that plain fruits are good for you but those combined with alcohol are able to release more of their compounds that protect against, or help combat, such diseases as cancer, heart disease and arthritis.

The researchers, who were looking for better ways of keeping fruit fresh during storage, found that treating strawberriesand blackberries with alcohol enhanced their antioxidant capacity which helps the fruit's power to neutralize destructive molecules called free radicals by a third. Free radicals are known as highly reactive oxygen molecules which damage DNA and cell membranes.

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