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Nutritional Facts About Blackberries

Blackberries Need Love Too

I am in produce heaven right now. Since it's Summer, the farmers markets in my area are full of fruits and veggies in every color you can imagine. For good reason everyone is going sort of crazy for strawberries and cherries. But what about the oft-neglected blackberry? Despite it being a pretty yummy fruit, blackberries are usually the last of the baskets to be picked up whenever I hit the market. Here are a few reasons to buy a basket the next time you're in the produce aisle.

  • They're full of fiber. It's important that you eat 25 to 30 grams of fiber every day. Besides helping with digestion, fiber may reduce your risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, help lower your cholesterol, prevent heart disease, and flatten your belly. Blackberries are an easy (and tasty!) way to get more fiber into your diet — one cup of blackberries equals about 11 grams of fiber.
  • They're high in vitamins C and K. Eating just half a cup of blackberries gives you 35 percent of your RDA of vitamin C and 25 percent of your RDA of vitamin K.
  • They're high in antioxidants. It might sound like the name of a dinosaur, but proanthocyanidins are a type of antioxidant that may prevent cancer and heart disease. Lucky for us, blackberries are full of proanthocyanidins.
  • They're low in calories. Blackberries are about one calorie per berry. That means you can eat a whopping 100 berries for a nutritious and filling 100-calorie snack.
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Spectra Spectra 5 years
Love 'em, but I don't have to buy them because we have a TON of them growing on our farmland. Every summer my FIL goes out and picks bucketloads of them and we freeze them. SO yummy!!!
Pets Pets 5 years
Blackberries are my favorite! I love the crunchy seeds! Mmmm.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
mulberries are still singlehandedly by favourite berries, and i recently had the juiciest cherries. i'd love to have more blackberries, but it's hard to find them as fresh as the ones that grow wild on country lanes
animatedpunk animatedpunk 5 years
I looooove blackberries and raspberries. I always buy frozen blackberries for my smoothies. :)
amber512 amber512 5 years
They taste great, just hate the seeds.
Azurefire Azurefire 5 years
I've been buying blackberries quite a bit recently, but I wasn't aware they were so low-cal. Guess that means I can have a bigger serving!
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 5 years
looove blackberries :]
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