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Health benefits from strawberries

Berries are lovely and naturally sweet, so make a healthier alternative to other less nutritious sweet foods such as chocolate and biscuits, which often contain lots of added sugar. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, get all their sweetness from naturally occurring sugars.

Even then, compared to many other fruits, berries actually contain fewer natural sugars. For example, an 80g serving of raspberries contains less than 4g sugars. In contrast, an apple contains around 12g sugars, a peach contains 8g sugars and a small banana contains 17g sugars. Even half a grapefruit contains more than 5g sugars!


Because berries are so rich in antioxidants they’re a great food for helping to keep our whole body in tip top shape. Antioxidants help to mop up an excess of free radicals, potentially harmful molecules that whiz around the body and damage cells.

Free radical damage has been linked to many different diseases including heart disease and cancer, so anything we can do to limit this free radical damage benefits our health. That’s why experts agree that eating more antioxidant-rich foods can help to keep us healthy. Yet another good reason for adding berries to your diet!


Researchers have discovered that strawberries can protect the stomach lining from alcohol, boosting hopes of improved treatment of stomach ulcers.

(..) Researcher Sara Tulipani, of the University of Barcelona, said: ‘The positive effects of strawberries are not only linked to their antioxidant capacity, but also to the fact that they activate the antioxidant defences and enzymes of the body.’ Read more

Eating strawberries and blueberries three or more times a week may help women cut their risk of a heart attack by a third.

(..) The researchers found that women who ate most blueberries and strawberries had a 32 per cent reduction in their risk of heart attack compared to those who intake was limited to once a month or less. Read more

Traditionally, strawberries, which contain more vitamin C than the equivalent weight of oranges, have been used to cleanse the digestive system. They also contain a range of phytonutrients, with many health-boosting effects. "Strawberries can legitimately claim to be heart protective, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory, all rolled into one," says dietician Nigel Denby. "They rank as one of the world's healthiest foods." Read more



Health benefits from raspberries

Wonderfully delicious, bright red-colored raspberry is among the most popular berries grown all over the world. They are rich source of health promoting plant-derived nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Read more

Raspberries belong to the rose (Rosaceae) family of plants, which houses some of the world's most beloved fruits including apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, loquats, peaches, pears, plums, and strawberries. Almonds also belong to this diverse family of plants. Read more

Raspberries probably originated in Eastern Asia and it was not until the 17th Century that the fruit became popular. By the 18th Century cookery writers were devising recipes using the fruit for raspberry wine and vinegar, sweets and jams. Read more



Health benefits from blackberries

Blackberries are a source of vitamin E, which is great news for looking good. As well as being an antioxidant, which helps to protect the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals, vitamin E is essential for healthy skin, especially in terms of helping it to heal when it’s damaged. Read more

The high tannin content of blackberries provides a number of benefits to reduce intestinal inflammation, alleviate hemorrhoids and soothe the effects of diarrhea. It is important to incorporate berries in your diet in a variety of ways. Have them as a snack or in your cereal or even as a smoothie. Read more

Blackberries are not actually berries, but are instead an aggregate fruit. Blackberries are formed from several individual seeded fruits that are attached to a single core. This design allows blackberries to have a high skin and seed composition which contributes to their high nutritional content. Below are a few of the benefits that you can receive from consuming blackberries. Read more