07 Jan A Simple Way to Reduce Inflammation & Obesity, and Improve Your Overall Health
You might surprised to learn that something as small as a marble could help reduce inflammation, obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes. And…you might even have it in your own yard!
The raspberry is a special fruit that does just that, and more! This delicate and delicious fruit comes from a family of roses, and is made up of hundreds of tiny fruits filled with just one seed.
This woody plant is best grown in places with mild winters and cold summers. In fact, Russia supplies 21% of the world’s raspberries, with the US following at 17%. The raspberry originated from Turkey, but can be found all over the world now thanks to new technology that allows it to grow in temperate areas.
Raspberry plants are known for being vigorous and being invasive (spreading really well locally) if not pruned. One bush produces a few hundred raspberries each year! It also has over 200 different species (ranging in color from red, purple, gold, or black), but only a handful are produced on such a large scale. Each raspberry also has around 100 drupelets (or individual tiny fruits) that are filled with one central seed.
The Humble Raspberry
This remarkable berry is made up of mostly water (around 86%), is cholesterol-free, low in fat and sodium, and has only 4% sugar in it. In addition, one cup of fresh raspberries has only 64 calories, 1.5 g of protein, 14.7 g of carbohydrates, and an astounding 8 g of fiber! (That’s equivalent to one-third of your suggested daily consumption!).
So what does all this mean? Check it out:
Fiber: Getting enough daily dietary fiber is good for you because it helps provide soft and regular bowel movements, cleans your colon, and slows the rate that sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream providing you with satiation.
Manganese and Magnesium: These minerals are important for bone growth and development. They also help regulate blood sugar, lower your risk for chronic diseases, and helps your nerves and muscles to maintain their proper functions.
Vitamins & Antioxidants: Vitamins C, E, & B9 are present in raspberries and are a great way to fight aging by improving your skin. These vitamins also help boost your immune system, slow cancer growth, and assist in healing wounds quickly.
Potassium: This nutrient helps maintain healthy blood pressure.
Calcium: This nutrient is key to maintaining healthy bones and teeth.
Phytonutrients: These substances can help treat high blood pressure, reduce inflammation (which is particularly helpful for those with arthritis or gout), and improve liver functioning.
How to Enjoy Raspberries
This delicious and wholesome snack doesn’t have to only be eaten raw. There are a variety of ways to incorporate this healthy treat into your every day diet: eat them frozen or in smoothies, on salads, in ice cream, pureed, in cakes, in juices, in jams and jellies, on cereals, in yogurt, or our favorite–in a Jolly Llama Sorbet Pop.
Our Sorbet Pops are made with real fruit. Our raspberry flavor is sweet, tart, and has a smooth, refreshing finish. There’s no sacrificing any taste when it comes to these sorbets. They’re the real deal and taste just like fresh pureed raspberries. It can’t get any sweeter than that!
How do you like to eat your raspberries?