Thursday, 16 February 2017

The ABC of Berry-licious Blackberries

Stand aside blueberries, the true berry superfood is the much humbler and self-effacing blackberry. From anti-ageing to cholesterol-lowering, discover the ABC of health benefits packed into these delicious drupelets.

The ABC of Berry-licious Blackberries

A is for Abundant in Anti-Ageing Antioxidants

Blackberries had the highest antioxidant content per serving, when tested against over 1000 other foods (source: 2006 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).

B is for it’s No Brainer For Brain Health

Blackberries owe their vibrant, rich colour to their anthocyanin content and this fabulous flavonoid antioxidant plays an important role in protecting the brain, which may help reduce the effects of age-related brain diseases including dementia and Alzheimer.

C is for Champion Cholesterol-Lowering Food!

As well as being naturally low in fat and high in dietary fibre, a scientific study in 1998 found that the blackberries could significantly reduce the buildup of  harmful LDL cholesterol (American Chemical Society 1998),  and were found to have "the highest LDL inhibitory effect", better than raspberries, sweet cherries, blueberries or strawberries.  

Healthy Blackberry Recipes

If you're looking for some tasty ways to enjoy blackberries, why not take a look at my Blackberry Recipe VideosMy Blackberry Bakewell Sponge Pudding features fresh or frozen blackberries so this easy recipe can be enjoyed all year round.  What's more, this quick and easy-to-make recipe is low in saturated fat and it's just the ticket when you’re looking for a heart-healthy dessert idea on a diet or low cholesterol eating plan. Each serving is only 220 Calories, with just 10g of Total Fat and 2.1g of Saturated Fat per portion.

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