Jul 21, 2017
Hey Weight Loss Nation!
I hope you are enjoying your summer!
One of my favorite fruits that is peaking right now, are "raspberries."
This high fiber, anti-oxidant rich fruit, kicks ass!
Raspberries are in the Rosaceae family, which means they are related to roses. I had no idea the raspberry was related to roses! The Raspberry's classified name is "Rubus idaeus"
In Greek mythology, Zeus enjoyed raspberries, which were "white" in color. Zeus's nursemaid was named "Ida."
According to legend, "Ida" was picking some raspberries for Zeus and she pricked her finger on a thorn. Her blood stained the white raspberries, turning them red.
In honor of "Ida's" passion for the raspberries, Zeus kept the raspberries red and they have remained that way ever since.
Americans most commonly recognize Raspberries in two different colors - Red and Black.
Raspberries do come in other colors, such as purple and yellow, and come in almost 200 variations.
The State of Washington leads the U.S. in Raspberry production, producing over 70 million tons annually.
Humans have been using Raspberries for medicinal purposes over thousands of years.
The leaves of the raspberry bush contain a property called "fragirine," which tone the female reproductive system.
Drinking one to two cups a day of "raspberry tea," will help Menstrual flow and cramps by regulating the uterine muscles.
"Raspberry tea" also helps with bladder control in adults and children.
A cup of raspberry tea before or with dinner is a perfect time to help with bladder control. Having any liquids later in the evening will only trigger you bladder to empty. If you want to help a younger child control their bladder overnight, try to eliminate any fluids after 6:00pm.
"Fragirine" also helps regulate the walls of the intestine. By regulating the intestinal wall, people with digestive issues will benefit from drinking "raspberry tea."
Raspberries contain "anthocyanins," which is the pigment that gives plants their purple, blue and red color.
Anthocyanins are part of my "Pac Man" family, which means it is search, fight and destroy anti-oxidant.
Killing free radical cells and offering anti-inflammatory agents, Anthocyanins are a must in helping your immune system and YOU healthy!
Raspberry's also contain "Polyphenols" which are "Flavinoids," even more anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents for YOUR body!
The potent Polyphenols will help your white blood cells "eat up" many types of cancer cells, which can slow down or even eliminate some tumors.
Polyphenols have shown to have an effect on endometrial cancer cells as well as lung, esophageal, prostrate and colon cancer cells too!
Raspberries are also high in FIBER!
Fiber helps keep blood sugar stable. If you are a type 2 diabetic, you can reduce blood glucose levels, by eating a cup of raspberries 2-3 times a week.
Raspberries also improve insulin levels in your blood.
One of the best reasons of eating fiber, is that fiber keeps you "regular." Fiber helps relieve constipation.
"Fiber" has also been associated with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
So.....increase your fiber intake and reap the benefits of raspberries!
Let's look at the Nutritional Value of Raspberries:
Serving Size - 1 Cup of Raspberries
8gms Fiber - That's the right figure!
1 Cup of Raspberries will yield 55% of your daily intake of Vit C, 41% your daily intake of Maganese and 12% of your daily intake of Vit K.
Eating 3 Cups a week of fresh Raspberries will help you attain the most benefits.
The best way to eat raspberries?
Wash them and eat them right out of your hand!
If you aren't fond of that way, you can sweeten up Greek Yogurt.
1 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Cup of fresh raspberries
1/4 cup of sliced almonds
1 tsp of raw, unfiltered local honey
1 tsp of real vanilla extract
Mix all together and enjoy!
You can also add raspberries to your salad or... even put them in your blender with 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar for an awesome salad dressing!
Raspberries are known as "nature's candy," so go grab some and eat to your health!
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