Not only do berries taste sweet, but they’re a rich source of phytonutrients to help ward off diseases ranging from heart disease to cancer.
Blueberries may be the berry that’s stealing the show these days. There’s another berry that may give the exalted blueberry a run for its money.
If you’re interested in healthy eating, the black raspberry is the berry to watch. What’s so special about this naturally sweet fruit?
The Health Benefits of Black Raspberries: Antioxidant Power
Black raspberry trumps both blueberries and strawberries when it comes to cancer prevention.
According to a study, black raspberries have around forty percent more anti-cancer power – thanks to the anthocyanins they contain – the natural compounds which give them their black color.
One animal study showed that the anthocyanins found in black raspberries stopped the growth of esophageal cancer in rats – a notoriously difficult cancer to treat.
Another study showed that black raspberries have forty percent more antioxidant power than strawberries and eleven percent more than strawberries.
Health Benefits of Black Raspberries: Nutritional Power
Black raspberries not only have cancer-fighting antioxidants, but they’re an excellent source of vitamin C – with a cup providing sixty percent of the day’s requirement.
One cup also supplies seven grams of fiber – which is more than that found in most cereals. They may taste sweet, but they’re completely guilt-free at around eighty, fat-free calories per one-cup serving.
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.
How to Get More of the Health Benefits of Black Raspberries
Black raspberries are a naturally sweet treat and a great substitute for more decadent – and less healthy – dessert offerings. Sprinkle them onto cereal or hot oatmeal to give it more cancer-fighting power.
Layer them between spoonfuls of yogurt and low-calorie cereal to create the ultimate parfait. Make a black raspberry smoothie using low-fat yogurt and ice.
Stir them into yogurt to add natural sweetness or puree them to make an ice cream topping. Use them to add a touch of color to fresh salads. Freeze some so you’ll have some on hand to use throughout the year.
The Bottom Line?
Black raspberries are a healthier alternative to the traditional red raspberry – and may have extra cancer-fighting power. Enjoy their natural sweetness.