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February 12, 2019 in Nutrition & Health

7 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO EAT MORE BERRIES

Guilt-free indulgence

Strawberries have 50% less calories than all other fruits. The other berries have about 15% less calories than other common fruits.

Berry good for vegetarians

If you follow a plant-based diet, berries can help to fill some of the nutritional gaps that come with not eating meat or seafood. Selenium is one example. This mineral – typically found in seafood and organ meats – plays a key role in reproduction and thyroid hormone metabolism,

DNA synthesis and protection from oxidative damage and infection. The selenium content in blackberries is 75% higher than other fruit; raspberries and strawberries also have 50% more. Iron is another. Fruits are a source of non-haem iron for vegetarians and vegans (red meat is a haem iron), and raspberries and strawberries have a higher iron content then all the other fruits.

Multi-vitamins

Strawberries have 120% of the RDI for Vitamin C, which is on par with oranges. Blackberries have the highest Vitamin E content of any fruit – almost four times that of an orange, grape or pear and nearly 12 times that of a banana.

Full of folate

Berries have the same amount of folate as kiwi fruit, oranges and bananas, and four times more than pears.

Low-carb

Strawberries contain 80% less carbohydrates than bananas and 74% less than grapes.

Gut goodness

Raspberries and blackberries have a very high fibre content (range 5.6-6.1g/100g) when compared to most other fruit (range 1-3g/100g).

Protein punch

Blackberries have the same protein as a banana.