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Raspberries: Why Should You Add this Fruit to Your Diet?

Updated on March 10, 2017
Raspberries have many health benefits.
Raspberries have many health benefits. | Source

Raspberries are a tiny fruit that is big on health benefits. Though it may not be clear where raspberries truly originate, different variations of the fruit are available in Asia, Europe, South America and North America (The United States and Mexico) and, you can find them at your local grocery store.

Here are four benefits of eating raspberries.

Raspberries Reduce Risk for Cancer

Raspberries may help to decrease the risk of cancer. Did you know that raspberries have some of the highest levels of cellular antioxidant activity among 25 fruits commonly consumed in the United States? Researchers believe that black raspberries have a unique ability to suppress the production of a protein which promotes tumor growth while other studies demonstrate that raspberry rich diets may even reduce mutations commonly seen in mice with cancer. You might be thinking that while this is great news for mice, what does this mean to me? This finding gives testimony to raspberry's antioxidant properties of raspberries, signifying their ability to fight against cancer causing agents as well as preventing cancer-causing cells from transitioning into that of cancer.

Raspberries are a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Food

Do you suffer from chronic inflammation? A poor diet can sometimes exacerbate conditions like rheumatoid arthritis in the body. Changing your diet can be a wonderfully, natural method to reduce inflammation in the body. Studies show that raspberries can assist in the management of rheumatoid arthritis. If they are not on your list of natural remedies for inflammation in the body which can lead to chronic pain, you should incorporate them into your dietary regimen.

Also, raspberries protect the colonic lining of individuals who suffer from ulcerative colitis.

Raspberries Can Help to Control Blood Sugar After Meals

Raspberries may also prove beneficial to those seeking to naturally decrease the absorption of carbohydrates that can contribute to hyperglycemic responses in the body following a meal. Raspberries contain phenolic compounds which have the ability to reduce intake of complex starches, ultimately assisting in creating a hypoglycemic effect. This hypoglycemic effect is especially beneficial to those who are looking to reduce their risks for type 2 diabetes, further enhance treatment or improve weight loss efforts.

Raspberries Boost Energy

Are you dragging these days? This tiny fruit can boost your metabolism and contribute to a spike in energy.

Raspberries may prove beneficial to those trying to lose weight.
Raspberries may prove beneficial to those trying to lose weight. | Source

How to Select and Store Raspberries

Raspberries are available from mid-summer through early fall. Some experts recommend that you not purchase raspberries within two days of use, however if you keep them in the refrigerator, they can last upwards of five days.

  1. Select fully ripe and firm raspberries that are deep and rich in red color.

  2. Stay away from soft, mushy, and molded raspberries (avoid furry fruit).

  3. Since raspberries are highly perishable it is recommended that they don't sit around too long in your home in the fridge. Again, you may be able to keep them for upwards of five days under the "best" conditions.

Raspberry Snack Ideas

Raspberry Snack Ideas

Raspberries can be a wonderful addition to any meal or snack including any of the following:

  • Yogurt

  • Cereal

  • Ice Cream

  • Topping on Pancakes or Waffles

  • Smoothie

Raspberry Smoothie. Banana is optional but is great for those who prefer a thick smoothie.
Raspberry Smoothie. Banana is optional but is great for those who prefer a thick smoothie. | Source

Favorite Raspberry Smoothie

Raspberry smoothies are an excellent option for breakfast or even as a snack. Here's an easy to follow recipe.

Raspberry, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

  • 1 Medium Banana, Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries, Chopped
  • 8 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 1/3 cup Ice, Chips (not cubes)
  • 1 Tbsp Honey, Optional
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, Optional

Instructions

  1. In your blender, add the chopped banana, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
  2. Pour in almond milk.
  3. Add ice chips and optional ingredients
  4. Using smoothie setting (or pulse) blend for approximately one minute until all ingredients become one.
  5. Serve. Add ice for a colder smoothie solution.

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