If you are looking for a delicious way to add fiber and antioxidants to your diet, look no further than berries. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are sweet, easy to pop into your mouth as a snack and a much healthier choice than a candy bar. All are anti-inflammatory, rich in flavonoids and carotenoids, offer immune-boosting antioxidant activity and:
- Are an excellent source of phytonutrients, and a good source of vitamin C and fiber.
- Provide folate, vitamins B2 and B3, magnesium and other essential nutrients.
- Contain ellagitannins, natural health-protective compounds that appear to have potent anti-cancer activity.
- Have a lower glycemic load than tropical fruits.
For a quick and simple nutritional boost, top your cereal with a wide range of colors of berries, add some to a smoothie or salad, use them in sauces and baked goods, or enjoy them on their own. As with other berries, because commercial strains may be heavily sprayed with pesticides, I recommend buying only organic varieties.
See yesterday's super food: dark, leafy greens.