What’s So Great About Raspberries?

What’s So Great About Raspberries?

I must admit, I often look longingly at the raspberries and then pass them by. Too much work. Of course, that’s because I’m a lunatic who feels the need to hand wash each one individually lest any little creature be hiding inside. It stems from a childhood ice cream and fresh raspberries trauma that prominently features a mutant ant. But enough about my need for therapy… you should totally be eating raspberries (maybe even ants but I’ll have to research that further).

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Raspberries recently won a head to head showdown with blueberries in O Magazine’s battle of the superfoods. The category? Best waist whittler. That’s because “with 31 percent fewer calories, about one-third the sugar, and 46 percent fewer carbs, raspberries are the smarter choice.” You still get all the antioxidant power associated with all berries but raspberries also pack a better fibre punch (8g per cup versus 3.6g in blueberries), which means slower digestion and less overeating. And this is one case where splurging on organics is worth it. According to recent research conducted in Maryland, “organic raspberries (are) significantly higher in total antioxidant capacity than non-organic raspberries”. (Source) While you may not be concerned with whittling the kids’ waists, keeping them full, satisfied and healthy means raspberries for the win. “Plus, any ants they find, they can keep as a pet, right?!

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