The Health Benefits of Raspberries

*originally posted in 2010

It’s Raspberry Season! I was lucky enough to be able to do one of my favourite activities this weekend – picking raspberries! Okay, so, I actually haven’t ever picked raspberries before, my favourite activity is strawberry picking but I missed it. Raspberries are delicious though!

Anyways, now it’s time to talk about their benefits, besides the mouth watering burst of red juice you get with every bite.

 

 

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The Health Benefits of Raspberries

  • Rich in Vitamin C – which is needed for our immune health, collagen (think antioxidant protection and skin health to protect from the sun) This is why they are so tiny and take hours to pick, so the sun damage you get from picking them gets reversed after you consume them, ah makes sense!
  • 50% higher antioxidant activity than strawberries – looks like I was in luck missing out on strawberries eh? They contain ellagic acid which is in the family of tannins and helps to reduce cellular damage and neutralize free radicals. Just in case you were curious.
  • May have some antimicrobial properties to help with such things as Candida – an overgrowth of yeast in your intestines that doesn’t make you feel too great.
  • Low in sugar high in nutrition– this means it helps your waistline, cravings, energy and mentality. Also an ideal fruit of choice for those with Diabetes.
  • They help you poop – not only are they anti inflammatory for your body, but they contain loads of fiber – nice wide open intestinal tract plus fiber to propel it through equals happier you! Don’t even argue this, you KNOW you have a better day when you wake up and have the most perfect poop 🙂

How to incorporate raspberries into your daily life

  • Add some to your breakfast – in your cereal, in your smoothie, or as a side fruit salad
  • Eat them as snacks as a healthy and low sugar way to enjoy summer and contribute to your water intake
  • Make them into a vinaigrette – ½ cup balsamic vinegar, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, ½ cup mashed very ripe raspberries, shake it up! Adjust vinegar as necessary depending on your taste buds for tartness.
  • Eat them for dessert – there is always room for dessert, am I right? Why not make a fruit based dessert out of these antioxidant rich berries? Make them into frozen yogurt, make a raspberry sorbet, eat with yogurt/honey/walnuts, make raspberry juice and/or make popsicles, or eat them plain!
  • Put them in your wine….what? If you’re going to drink you might as well get something nutritious while you’re at it.

Happy Summer!

About Sarah Maughan

Sarah Maughan is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, ON and has been consulting since 2009. Her website aims to educate you, make you laugh, help you live and inspire you to eat whole food! To stay up to date sign up for free blog and recipe updates! In the meantime, empower your body with food!


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