Monday, February 18, 2013

Health Benefits of Raspberries

I came across an idea from Pinterest on a fun way to eat raspberries....to put dark chocolate chips inside the crater in the berry. I thought what an excellent "dessert" to my lunch rather than sugar free 60 calorie chocolate jello. I am really trying hard to focus on fruits and veggies throughout the day. So I had it today and it was amazing! Therefore, I got to thinking about how raspberries are not only pleasing to the pallet, but they are packed with lots of great health benefits. More things than I realized.

For one, it is loaded with antioxidants. Raspberries have about 50% of your daily Vitamin C intake in 1 cup. This helps prevent free radicals in your body and boost your immune system. They are high in what is called ellagic acid, which can act as a natural anti inflammatory. Due to these properties, they can have an anti cancer element as well. They have phytonutrients which have been shown to change and slow the reproduction of cancer cells. Raspberries can also help some with weight loss. The raspberry ketone has recently become popular for this use. It is thought to increase metabolism with our fat cells and it decreases the fat digesting enzyme produced by our pancreas therefore causing us to digest less fat. This way we don't absorb as much. Also the natural sugar in raspberries is digested slowly allowing a more regulated, steady glucose level. One cup of raspberries has about 65 calories and 8 grams of fiber and zero fat! Raspberries have quite a bit of Vitamin B as well which are also important for energy metabolism.

Obviously, eating raspberries is not the answer to all our problems (if only it were that easy), but they are beneficial to add to our healthy habits.

So if you want a low calorie, no fat, high in vitamins and minerals, just plain good for you sweet snack? Try a handful of raspberries. Do your body some good. :)

Today's workout:
From www.fitnessblender.com17 minute Cardio HIIT
and from www.fitsugar.com10 minute core and cool down stretch

Take care and have a great night
~Mandi