Food for Thought (Week 5): The Raspberry!

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Emmy and the Raspberries! This week, we venture to the raspberry bushes, which are starting to churn out some really delicious fruit.  Our kiddos love to pick them, ripe and unripe alike.

They don't seem to mind little pricklers either.

So, beyond the great taste and fun, what health benefits do raspberries offer?

For starters, raspberries, like most berries, are a tremendous source of antioxidants.  In fact, their ORAC score (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) is nearly 5000-6000 per 100 grams.

For comparison, fruits like apples and vegetables like potatoes (which are a great source themselves) pale in comparison.  Unadulterated chocolate still beats the raspberry ORAC hand's down, but that's a blog for another time.

In addition, raspberries are a very good source of fiber, vitamin C, and manganese.  For those who have been following our facebook posts, you'll see the health virtues of each of these.

Manganese is a mineral critical to the health of brains, nerves, and bones.  There aren't many great sources out there, but, in general, foods like seeds, nuts, pineapple, and the good ol' raspberry are great starters.

Finally, although not studied as intensively, some will use raspberries for a variety of conditions including healing of mouth sores, alleviating diarrhea, and strengthening the womb during pregnancy.

We hope you find this blog useful and wish you a great day,

Dustin & Helen