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Health Benefits of Black Raspberries

on June 29, 2012

I am sure at some point everyone has tried traditional red raspberries, but what about black raspberries? This super fruit is quickly growing in popularity due to the multiple health benefits one can receive from consuming a single serving. Here are just a few!

1. Antioxidant Power– Black raspberries contain 40% more antioxidants than both strawberries and blueberries due to the anthocyanins they contain – the natural compounds which gives them their black color.

2.Natural Sweetness– This low calorie, high fiber fruit has a natural sweetness, which makes a great substitute for traditional sweeteners in things such as oatmeals and cereals, yogurt, ice cream toppings, etc. The next time you have a bowl of oatmeal, top it with a serving of berries!

3. Nutritional Power– 1 cup of black raspberries contains over 60% of the RDA for Vitamin C. A single serving also comes in at about 80 calories, zero grams of fat and 7 grams of fiber, which is more than most breakfast cereals contain. They do have eleven grams of natural sugars, but the fiber causes the sugars to be more slowly absorbed, so they’re a good choice even for people with diabetes.

Where To Find Black Raspberries

-Black raspberries are typically in peak season in June and July

-They can be found along the East Coast and out through the Rockies, however they are not available in the Deep South due to the hot, dry climate.

– Another common name for black raspberries is “black caps.”

– Black raspberries are easy to grow and require little maintenance.

Sources:

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-health-benefits-black-raspberries-5432699.html?cat=22

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