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Health Benefits

Berries are considered smart nutrients. Incorporating delicious berries to our daily diet is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Fresh berries - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries - contain a great amount of vital nutrients, such as antioxidants. These natural compounds help to protect our cells from harm caused by free-radicals, or molecules responsible for aging and certain diseases. When our body uses oxygen, we naturally produce free-radicals, which can damage our cells. Antioxidants can help prevent or slow this damage.

"Health problems such as heart disease, cancer, macular degeneration, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease can all be created by oxidative damage, but antioxidants, when present in significant amounts, can come to the rescue, protecting healthy cells, reducing inflammation and preventing cell damage. "

These are important reasons why we should become a berry lover!

 
Berry Nutrition

Strawberry. Research confirms they are an important part of a healthy diet. Eating just one serving of strawberries, or about eight of these sweet fruits a day, may help improve heart health, lower the risk of developing some cancers and lower blood pressure. Research also shows that individuals who eat strawberries on a regular basis have higher blood levels of folate, vitamin C, phytonutrients and a higher intake of fiber than those who don’t eat strawberries.

Raspberry. They are low in calories and fat, cholesterol-free, high in fiber and a good source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and magnesium. Research suggests that eating red raspberries may prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells and promoting the normal death of healthy cells.

"Raspberries are also are rich sources of Vitamin C and the flavonoids quercetin and gallic acid, which have been shown to play a role related to a person’s heart health and in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, obesity and age-related decline."

Blueberry. They have a relatively low vitamin C content when compared with other fruit, but blueberry is a nutrition powerhouse, a super food loaded with phytonutrients and a fruit that had benefits unlike any other. With their powerful antioxidant protection, blueberries can improve nighttime vision and promote quicker adjustment to darkness. According to the USDA laboratory studies blueberries may improve motor skills and reverse the short-term memory loss that comes with aging or age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Blackberry. Scientific studies indicate that their high antioxidant content, on a regular consumption basis, may have a positive impact on health, athletic performance and disease risk. Anthocyanins, or the “flashy flavonoid,” give blackberries their glossy, dark color, and it’s this powerful phytonutrient that’s been shown to protect the brain from oxidative stress and may even reduce the effects of age-related neuronal conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Blackberries have also been shown to have beneficial health effects in the fight against cancers, like colon cancer.

 
Tasty & Healthy Tips

How to Wash and Store Berries.

"Fresh berries offer the best in nutrition, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Today it seems you no sooner purchase fresh ripe berries just to get them home and find them spoiled before you can wash them to eat. Since buying strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries is costly, take the time to store them properly. Proper storage ensures the berries last longer and can hold on to their nutritional properties."

Step 1. Select and purchase fresh berries in the clam-shell vented, plastic container. Look for berries stacked shallow in the packaging to prevent bruising.

Step 2. Store berries at home in the original plastic storage container from the market. A good storage container has vents to let the air circulate around the berries.

Step 3. Place berries in an open part of the refrigerator. For optimal storage, put them in a brown paper bag to keep the berries dry and safe from humidity.

Step 4. Remove berries from refrigerator and container and place them in a colander to wash them prior to eating. Wash berries gently with a spray bottle or a gentle flow of water from the tap and remove stems. Serve the berries as desired.