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Berry Breakdown

Berries are like nature's candy. Not only do they taste sweet and juicy, but they are so good for you. They are a good source of vitamins and phytochemicals (which help to fight disease or disorders).

For instance, cranberries and blueberries can fight off urinary tract infections. Blueberries and strawberries have been found to have anti-cancer properties. Dark colored berries like blackberries contain powerful antioxidants which can help to slow down the aging process. Berries, especially blueberries and raspberries, also contain something called lutein, which is important for healthy eyes. Wow, they may be tiny, but they sure are powerfully healthy!

Want to see how these berries compare nutritionally, then

1/2 cup (1/4 of the pint) Calories Fiber (g) Vitamin A (mcg) Vitamin C (mg) Potassium (mg) Folate (mcg)
Strawberries 23 1.4 9 42 110 17
Blueberries 41 1.7 39 7 56 4
Raspberries 32 4 20 16 93 13
Blackberries 31 3.8 154 15 117 18
Boysenberries 33 3.5 44 2 92 42
Raw Cranberries 22 2.2 28 6 40 0
Dried Cranberries (1/3) cup) 123 2.3 0 0 16 0

Fit's Tips: Get your fill of these delicious fresh berries by adding them to your cereal, salads, and baked goods. A bowl of fresh-picked berries also makes a great dessert on its own.

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