The Benefits of Berries

nina | June 22nd, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Berries are a simple, easy-to-pop-in-your-mouth kind of fruit that truly is a “super food” when it comes to your overall health.

In comparison, berries are a great example of what we like to call cell protectors. Much in the way paint protects a car from rust, berries contain antioxidants that can help to protect us against such conditions as heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Loaded with antioxidants and fiber, these sweet fruits are also low in calories and perfect for people who want to live a healthy lifestyle and watch their weight.

Berries are full of flavor, and play an important role in normal digestion and overall good health.  It’s really important to eat the whole fruit as opposed to pills or juices.

Whether its raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries, these fruits are really easy to include in your daily diet. Add berries to your hot and cold cereal, yogurt, smoothie or salad.

It is recommended that adults eat two-and-a-half cups of fruit each day.  Berries are very easy to measure and know the volume that you are eating.  

In our local area there are a number of ‘U-pick’ areas where you can get out in the sunshine and pick the berries yourself. 

And while berries have an incredible nutritional value, keep in mind you should never rely on just one specific fruit or vegetable. It is a known fact that we need a multitude of vitamins and minerals in our diet at all times and it is very important to always eat a variety of whole foods rather than concentrate on just one.

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