We have been looking at foods that punch above their weight and berries really do this. Plus they are in season at the moment.
Apart from being delicious, all the deep coloured berries including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants have major health benefits. They have good levels of fibre and their sugar content is lower than many other fruits. Their sugar is released more slowly, so they are helpful for managing blood sugar and controlling weight.
All berries have high levels of Vitamin C which is crucial for our immune system. They also have a range of other protective nutrients which can have measurable effects in our bodies. Strawberries and blueberries contain anthocyanins which can support learning and memory.
All berries contain flavonoids which can be beneficial for heart health by improving blood flow, reducing cholesterol and reducing blood pressure. Research is ongoing as to whether they can reduce the activity of cancer causing genes. Cranberries and blueberries are also supportive of the urinary tract.
It is easy to include berries in your diet. They are fantastic added to your porridge, muesli, or morning smoothie. You can include them in salads for a bit of sweetness and they are great as snacks alongside a handful of nuts or seeds. When they are not in season frozen berries make a great alternative and you can have as many as you like.