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The Health Benefits of Berries

Stephanie Golub
Sep 15, 2022

It’s berry season, and we’re celebrating big time. These summery fruits are the stars of our salads, the bases of refreshing smoothies, and the perfect fillings for sweet pies. Most of these gems grow from flowering plants on bushes, vines, and trees. Believe it or not, the berries that we shop for at the supermarket aren’t botanically considered as such. True berries, meaning any fleshy fruit that comes from a flower with a single ovary, typically house their seeds on the inside. Unusual suspects include eggplant, avocado, pumpkin, watermelon, banana, and kiwi. Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and açaí are all members of the compound berry club. Our minds were blown, too. Since the summer months are these “berries'’” time to shine, let’s spotlight their many health benefits. 

Health Benefits of Raspberries 

These tiny, tart berries may be small, but they’re certainly mighty. Raspberries pack a flavorful punch in sorbet, cake, or even straight out of the box. They’re also fantastic on the nutrition front—filled with fiber and antioxidants. Vitamin C and potassium are also present, making this berry a well-rounded addition to your breakfast parfaits and chia seed puddings. 

Why You Should Eat Strawberries 

Strawberries are arguably the best (and easiest) snack ever. Slice some up with a sharp cheese, eat them by the handful, or dip in dark chocolate for a decadent dessert. These ruby red, seeded fruits are full of antioxidants, vitamin C, and magnesium. Since they’re so high in H20, the carb and glucose content is relatively low compared to other fruits. Strawberries also contain anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to help the joints, skin, and even boost your brain function!

Blueberries and Vitamin K

Blueberries are the crown jewel of the compound berry family. They’re high in vitamin K and jam-packed with the antioxidant, flavonoids. These antioxidants can help neutralize free radicals, protect from bad cholesterol, and may even benefit older neurons. It’s literally brain food! Add blueberries to your baked goods, overnight oats, or simply pop ‘em when you’re on the go! 

Health Benefits of Açaí

Talk about a trendy fruit. From tropical juice bars to shops specifically dedicated to blended bowls, it has absolutely become the decade of the açaí. They hail from the Brazilian Amazon and are harvested off of tall palm trees between April and November. You may be wondering why these little berries boast such a big following. Funnily enough, these superfruits are not really famous for their flavor, but the nutrients they bring to the table. Folks mix açaí into their pre-workout shakes or morning greens for their sky-high levels of  antioxidants. These micronutrients, called polyphenols, can help control blood sugar, insulin, and cholesterol levels. The next time you’re stuck choosing a smoothie add-in, try out some açaí. 

Vitamins in Blackberries 

Blackberries are the definition of don’t judge a book by its cover. Their prickly and bulbus exterior may make the fruit seem a bit unapproachable, but don’t knock it till you bite it. They’re slightly tart, earthy, and exceptionally juicy. Also known as bramble, these berries make for delicious decor in drinks and ramp up the flavor of rich jams and creamy cheesecakes. As far as nutrition goes, they have a few notable mentions. Their Vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and fiber content make blackberries a go-to tangy treat. If you’re on the hunt for a fun summertime activity, head out to a local farm to hand pick these sour-then-sweet fruits! 

Regardless of their technical classification, these berries are totally worth adding to your fruit roster. Serve them up at the next BBQ, add a couple to garnish cocktails, or bake a flakey, golden-brown cobbler. 

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