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All About Raspberries

By Amy Silva

It's no secret that fruit is good for your health, and red raspberries are no exception. They have a wide range of vitamins and minerals that can help ward off serious diseases and keep you in good health. These little berries are packed with more than half the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C. Raspberries are versatile enough to be eaten with breakfast, snacks, desserts and even some savory dishes.

About Raspberries

Raspberries come in a variety of colors aside from red, including black, yellow and purple. They grow in different areas including the United States, Canada and Europe, though they may have come from Asia. Raspberries grow on a plant that has canes, or branches, that can reach over 6 feet in length and flowers that can be pink or white. A fun fact some people may not know is that raspberries aren't really berries in the botanical sense. They're made of individual drupes that form together to make what we know as the raspberry.

Health Benefits of Red Raspberries

Red raspberries contain antioxidants and fiber, as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals. Some of these include Vitamin E, lycopene, beta carotene, Vitamin K, potassium, copper, calcium and iron. They are an anti-inflammatory fruit that may help arthritis symptoms and could lower the risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. Studies show red raspberries might also reduce blood sugar levels and help manage blood pressure. Red raspberries could help in managing weight since they're sweet and low in calories. The high Vitamin C content could reverse skin damage from the sun assists in making collagen, which leads to healthy joints and skin.

Ways to Use Red Raspberries

  • Breakfast - Raspberries can be added to oatmeal, waffles and pancakes in fresh form or as a syrup. You can also use a sugar-free version of raspberry jelly to top bagels or toast.
  • Snacks - Raspberries are delicious when eaten by themselves but can also be added to fruit salads, smoothies and yogurt parfaits.
  • Desserts - These berries are popular as a filling for pastries and donuts, and fresh berries or syrup can be used to top ice cream or baked goods such as cakes
  • Savory dishes - Adding raspberries or raspberry sauce to meat dishes, such as beef tenderloin, pork loin or even steak add an unexpected surprise to dinner.

Adding red raspberries to your diet is an easy way to get more Vitamin C in addition to other vitamins and minerals. They're versatile and can be added to many food dishes to complement meals and snacks.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Apopka, Fla.

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