The Health Benefits of Blackberries, Raspberries, and Boysenberries

We know berries can be considered a luxury at the grocery store, but admit it, every time you splurge you have no regrets. Well, since it’s berry season we wanted to give you 5 good reasons to enjoy every bite.

  1. Blackberry_ClusterBerries are high in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. One cup of blackberries or raspberries has half your daily vitamin C needs! And, vitamin C fights off the creepy bacteria lurking everywhere. Vitamin C is also great for keeping your heart healthy and happy.
  2. Get tiny seeds stuck in your teeth AND lower your risk of certain cancers. Research suggests that people with high intakes of vitamin C from fruits and veggies might have a lower risk of getting many types of cancer, but the same is not true from taking vitamin C in a supplement. So eat those fruits and veggies for some extra protection.
  3. Keeping it clean. Berries are loaded with fiber, almost 8 grams in one cup (that is almost a third of daily needs for most people). They are especially high in insoluble fiber which works like a broom to sweep out intestines and keep things moving along.
  4. Reduce your chances of bleeding to death! These tasty little berries are high in vitamin K, important in blood clotting. So the next time you take a tumble from your bike or get a paper cut, fret not! Eat a cup of berries and enjoy the benefits.
  5. Huge taste, low calories. On average there are about 60 calories in one cup of berries. Proof that good things come in small packages.
Between tasting great and added health bonuses, berries deserve a spot at the top of the list of non-guilty pleasures. With that in mind we put together a little quiz to test your knowledge of berries and their benefits.

1) True or False: A marionberry is a blackberry.

2) True or False: Blackberries contain small amounts of Omega-3 fats.

3) True or False: Boysenberries are a raspberry/blackberry hybrid.

4) Which fruit is considered the ‘Cabernet’ of the blackberries.

a) Raspberry
b) Chehalem Blackberry
c) Marionberry

1) True      2) True      3) True      4) C. The Marionberry
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