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Thursday
Jul152010

5 Reasons to Eat Raspberries

If you want a delicious way to add fiber and antioxidants to your diet, look no further than raspberries. One of my seasonal favorites, raspberries are an aggregate fruit, meaning that smaller sections with seeds and fruit create a larger whole. Raspberries have significant nutritional value - they:

  1. Are a good source of vitamin C and fiber.
  2. Provide folate, vitamins B2 and B3, magnesium and other essential nutrients.
  3. Contain ellagitannins, natural health-protective compounds that appear to have potent anti-cancer activity.
  4. Have considerable antioxidant activity (50% more than strawberries).
  5. Place in the top 15 of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition's best antioxidant sources.

For a quick and simple nutritional boost, top your cereal with raspberries, add some to a salad, use them in sauces and baked goods, or enjoy them on their own. Because commercial strains may be heavily sprayed with pesticides, I recommend buying only organic varieties.

To learn which other fruits and vegetables you should always buy organic, here's my video on the Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide.

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