Foods that taste delicious and are healthy do not exist? Does exist! We present you six super berries, which are part of a healthy diet and delicate at the same time.
Berries aren't just pretty adornments for the obligatory breakfast photo on Instagram, but possible, flavorful components of wholesome nutrition that pack a punch – literally. With numerous vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals, berries are one of the healthiest foods available.
There are antioxidants in all berries. They are a protection against free radicals. Because berries consist almost only of water, have hardly any calories and contain filling fiber, they are also good for weight loss. Find out what else berries can do in our profile of the six super berries.
The berries get their name because the first fruits appear already from the 24. June – the Johannistag – are ripe. The pigment anthocyanin gives blackcurrants their dark color. Counts among the secondary plant substances. In addition, currants have an extremely high vitamin C content – more than three times that of lemons. The comparison: While lemons contain 50 milligrams of vitamin C in 100 grams, currants contain a remarkable 177 milligrams!
The leaves of the berries are also full of health-promoting ingredients. Tea made from the leaves of the blackcurrant bush is said to help against bladder infections and colds and to relieve rheumatic complaints. These home remedies often do not stand up to a scientific examination of their benefits.
Strictly speaking, raspberries are not berries. They are made up of many tiny drupe fruits. But whether berry or aggregate fruit – with their fluffy skin and their bright color between red and pink, they are undoubtedly one of the most eye-catching fruits.
But raspberries can do more than just look pretty. The list of nutrients contained in raspberries is long: vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, calcium and the digestive stimulant pectin are among them. They are also particularly rich in folic acid (vitamin B9), which is important for cell division. A full 30 milligrams of the vitamin are found in 100 grams.
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The sweet aromatic taste makes blueberries – or blueberries – one of the most popular types of berries – and one of the healthiest. Almost all B vitamins are found in the blue fruits. Blueberries may have a positive effect on cells, nerves, the brain and fat metabolism. Since the berries contain a lot of pantothenic acid, your skin and hair will also thank you if you start the day with a blueberry smoothie more often. Panthothenic acid is a popular ingredient in cosmetics.
Caution sensitive – 3 tips around berries:
– During transport, make sure that the berries are not damaged, otherwise they will quickly begin to mold. – Let the berries drain on a paper towel or paper towel immediately after washing. How to prevent the berries from becoming waterlogged and mushy. – Do not wait too long to eat the berries. They spoil quickly.
Aronia berry – also called black chokeberry – is one of the absolute trend berries. Less well known is that it also comes from local cultivation: Although its original home is South America. In the meantime however it is cultivated also in completely Europe. Offered in all kinds of presentations.
Juices, powders and capsules made from aronia berries are considered natural beauty remedies. They contain a particularly large number of secondary plant compounds that have an antioxidant effect. Aronia berries are also an important source of folic acid, vitamin K and provitamin A (beta-carotene), which makes for a beautiful complexion.
In contrast to chocolate or gummy bears, sweet berries do not cause blood sugar levels to rise as much; some, such as blueberries, even have a lowering effect.
The goji berry has one thing in common with the aronia berry: in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it has been treated for centuries as a guarantor of beauty and health. The berries, which resemble somewhat oversized raisins, offer a versatile cocktail of nutrients that few foods can match. Goji berries provide more iron than spinach and boost our immune system with vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6.
It is a particularly popular subject for the morning post on social networks – the acai bowl. There is a reason why the berry is only available in liquid form in this country: It only grows in the Amazon region and spoils very quickly. Therefore, it is exported only as powder, pith or juice. However, this does not detract from the health-promoting effects of acai berries.
Because they are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, acai berries, when combined with the right diet and sufficient exercise, have a positive effect on cholesterol levels, blood prere and the cardiovascular system. Muscles also benefit from the exotic fruit, as it supplies the body with many important amino acids. The nutritional package of acai berries also includes iron, magnesium and even iodine.
Berries look like candy, taste like candy, but are much better suited for a healthy diet.
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