July 05, 2011
While at their peak season, indulge in blackberries for a nutritious snack or dessert. One cup of fresh blackberries has 62 calories, 1 gram of fat, 15 carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and only 1 mg of sodium. Here are the top 10 health benefits of eating blackberries:
1. Blackberries are one of the top ten foods containing antioxidants.
2. Blackberries are packed with polyphenols helping to prevent cancer and heart disease.
3. Blackberries are filled with anthocyanins (antioxidants which give blackberries their deep purple color) which help in memory retention and the risk of hypertension.
4. Blackberries are said to strengthen blood vessels, help fight heart disease and help improve eyesight.
5. The high tannin content of blackberries help tighten tissue, relieve intestinal inflammation, and help reduce hemorrhoids and stomach disorders.
6. Ohio State University found that blackberries may protect against esophageal cancer, a cancer caused by gastric reflux disease.
7. Blackberries have shown to protect against other types of cancers. They contain phytoestrogens (plant estrogens), a compound believed to play a vital role in preventing breast and cervical cancer.
8. Blackberries are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Manganese and fiber.
9. The high fiber content of blackberries help reduce risk of intestinal disease and the risk of developing diabetes.
10. Blackberries are a healthy food choice that kids and adults love. They are a great way to refuel after a hard workout and help aid in fighting obesity. See a recipe for Blackberry-Blueberry Cobbler from my site last year.
29 Responses to “10 Health Benefits of Blackberries”
great list! I love your nutrition posts!
I had no idea blackberries were so powerful. Thank you Alison for wonderful information
awesome post and gorgeous photo
This is a wealth of great information. Your site is fabulous
Baking Serendipity says:
I have always loved blackberries, but didn't know all these awesome facts about them. Even more reasons to eat fruit :)
Maris(In Good Taste) says:
These put the word power in power foods! Gorgeous photos!
Super food!! Reminds me I got to get some again. S back from college has been munching on them lately adding them to his repertoire too!
Thanks for all this health info. Blackberries are one of my all time favorite fruits. See you later today :)
We love blackberries! Last week, I made a simple blackberry and pineapple salsa to go over coconut chicken. It was divine!
Feast on the Cheap says:
Added a big cupful to my morning smoothie today!
Kathy - Panini Happy says:
My daughter helped me make blackberry lemonade this weekend! I wonder where that 1 gram of fat comes from...that surprised me. Great info!
I knew there was a good reason I was gobbling these up like there was no tomorrow, lol. They have been so good recently!
Alison - great summary of all the health benefits of blackberries - can't to find some at our farmer's market!
Great information Alison. I love your nutrition posts
This is great! I just made blackberry ice cream (not so low in fat!) to post later this week, I will link over to this great information!
I've got a sweet corn and blackberry ice cream bookmarked to try. (Maybe the goodness of the blackberries will negate some of the effects of the cream.)
when is the best time to have blackberries...wat i mean is it good to have before food or after food or is it good in empty stomach.... i am concerned in weight reducing.
Wonderful source of information. I am glad it is still available via the internet.
Im really trying to incorporate more and more of these special berries into my diet.
Actor - Andrew D. Ford says:
Everything wild and naturally unspoiled by man is bes so the benefits aree relative really.
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