The Importance of Raspberries

Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 02:27 PM

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If you aren't eating raspberries, then it is time for you to consider adding this versatile fruit to your diet. Raspberries are a no fat, low calorie fruit that offer many benefits to those who eat them. Much like most red fruit, raspberries are full of antioxidants.
 
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In raspberries, the antioxidants come from ellagic acid, which is a polyphenol antioxidant. Polyphenoal antioxidants are beneficial in preventing the growth of tumors as well as preventing the development of cancer. They are also known for their ability to increase bone density, which reduces the risk of developing fragile bones as you grow older and osteoporosis.
 
Raspberries are also high in magnesium, which is another element that promotes healthy bones. In addition to bones, magnesium also helps your teeth remain healthy, helping to ensure that you keep your natural teeth for the rest of your life. In addition, studies are showing that low magnesium levels may contribute to some forms of mental disorder and that high levels of magnesium contributes to hearth health and low cholesterol.
 
Raspberries are one of the fruits that are allowed on any diabetic diet because they have a low glycemic index. This means that the sugar and carbs that are in raspberries break down very slowly in the blood stream allowing the sugars to be properly absorbed rather than building up in the bloodstream as some other fruits can do in someone who is diabetic. In fact, a cup of raw raspberries has only 64 calories and 15 grams of carbs. You can also get 54% of your daily recommended amount of calcium from raspberries.
 
Other benefits of eating raspberries include:
  • The presence of vitamin B2, which benefits your overall health
  • The presence of vitamin B3, or Niacin, which is essential to your heart health
  • The presence of vitamin C, another antioxidant
  • The presence of fiber, which aids in healthy stomach and bowels
     
You can use raspberries in a variety of foods from salads to ice cream or simply eat them alone. They can serve as a dessert or a light snack in between meals.

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