Did you know that raspberries are not just limited to the color red, but also come in a wide range of colors from black and orange to yellow and white? Also, loganberries and boysenberries are actually hybrids of raspberries. Native to East Asia, raspberries are a favorite for their sweet taste.
- Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber, manganese, vitamin C, flavonoids, and ellagic acid.
- They are also a source of vitamin B2 and B6 as well as other B vitamins such as folic acid, niacin, and pantothenic.
- A single serving of ¾ cup of raspberries is a meager 53 calories
- Raspberries are a low calorie yet nutrient dense food.
- They contain flavonoids called anthocyanidins, which act as an antioxidant.
- Ellagic acid found in raspberries is a cancer-fighting compound.
As an excellent snack alternative, raspberries are a great option for anyone with a sweet tooth. Raspberries are at their best from mid summer to early fall when they are at their ripest. Consumed as a stand-alone item or even blended in a smoothie, raspberries brighten up any meal.
For more information on the nutritional benefits of raspberries and other foods, you can purchase a copy of the The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods here.