4 Aug 2013

The color red

Hi guys! The other day I went out into my grandparent’s garden and picked a plate of berries that I had for breakfast. Not only are berries delicious, they are also very nutritious! I went with a red theme and picked some strawberries, raspberries, cherries and red currants. I did a little research on the health benefits of these 4 berries and thought I’d share them with you. I think it’s nice to actually know what the berries help with, instead of only hearing “they are good for you, eat them!”. I will leave the sources to the information below if you are interested to read more :)



Strawberries:
- Low in calories (only 32 kcal/100g)
- Rich source of health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
- Scientific studies show that consumption of straw berries may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.
- Fresh berries are an excellent source of vitamin C. After oranges/lemons it’s the most vitamin C packed food.

Source:
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/strawberries.html


Raspberries:
- Low in calories and saturated fats (52 kcal/100g)
- High in dietary fiber (100g of raspberries are 16% of the RDI of fiber)
- Is full of antioxidants like vitamin A, C and E. Vitamin C helps the body fight inflammation.
- Raspberries contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
- Contains vitamin B and K which helps the body’s metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats.

Source:
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/raspberry.html

Cherries:
- Cherries are one of the very low calorie fruits, but are rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals (50-63 Kcal/100g depending on the type of berry)
- Cherries are anti-inflammatory can help against chronic painful episodes such as gout arthritis, fibromyalgia (painful muscle condition) and sports injuries.
- Research studies suggest that anti-oxidant compounds in tart cherries help the human body to fight against cancers, aging and neurological diseases, and pre-diabetes condition.

Source:
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cherry-fruit.html


Redcurrants:
- Redcurrants are rich in fiber, which aids good gut function and in the development of healthy gut microflora.
- It’s also rich in Vitamin C, which has vital protective antioxidant properties and fights against various forms of cancer,
Redcurrants are very good for increasing the immune function in the body, and regular intake of redcurrants will reduce the risk of colon cancer.
- T
he berries are loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins that promote better eye vision.

Source: http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-redcurrants-2159.html

xo, Sanna

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