Choose Berries for Antioxidants and Well Being

 

Good nutrition is a plus year-round, whether it is National Nutrition Month (March), Asparagus or Strawberry Month (both in May), you want to eat foods that are full of nutrients. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that consuming 400 gms (2 cups) of fruits and vegetables daily can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The berry family has plenty of positives. They are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, fiber and folate. Additionally, berries contain heaps of antioxidants which aid in heart health, boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, bad cholesterol and preventing blood clots.  Adding to these umbrella benefits, the individual berries also bring other health benefits to the table.

Strawberries are high in antioxidants and do not rapidly boost the blood sugar levels which makes them a great choice for those with diabetes. Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, folate (vitamin B9), and potassium. They contain small amounts of several other vitamins and minerals.

Without washing or removing the stems, store strawberries in the refrigerator on a paper towel lined tray and cover with plastic wrap. Before eating or using them, wash the berries under cool water and then remove stems.

 

Raspberries are available in red, gold, purple and black, but the reds are the most popular. Raspberries are low in calories, and sodium; they are an excellent source of vitamin C, and a good source of carbohydrates and dietary fiber.