By María Calle
As I have mentioned in other articles, we are over-informed. An avalanche of information reaches us from all sides: technology, media, blogs, friends, but what should we really focus on?
Today I want to talk to you about some fruits, which have been scientifically studied and are considered VERY good for our body: red fruits. Many times we know them by their names (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, red plums), but, although it is true they are classified as a group of fruits, each one of them brings us different benefits and is of great importance for our diet.
Red fruits can improve health as they have a large amount of flavonids (a substance that protects the body from oxidation) and antioxidants (they help reduce cholesterol; they control cardiovascular health; they fight against free radicals). Additionally, they are optimal for a diet as they are low in calories and delicious!
How to select a red fruit? The stronger the color of the red fruit, the greater its nutritional value. So, I recommend that you try to eat a selection of berries (one cup maximum) a day. Where can they be found? Being seasonal fruits, many berries are difficult to find. In many supermarkets they sell frozen (organic) and it is a good option as long as they read the nutritional values and ingredients (no preservatives, sugar or chemicals).
Now, I will give you a brief summary of the main red fruits:
The Cranberries They are rich in antioxidants, help prevent cardiovascular diseases, different types of cancer and are useful for improving circulation.
The cherries They provide a very high beta-carotene content, in addition to being energetic, cleansing and diuretic.
Raspberries (my favorites) are fruits that are very rich in vitamin C, a well-known vitamin with antioxidant benefits that helps prevent cancer.
Strawberries they are fruits well tolerated by diabetics, so they can incorporate them into their diet. They help fight anemia.
Blackberries They are ideal in case of high levels of fats in the blood, since they help reduce LDL cholesterol on the one hand, and increase HDL cholesterol on the other. They are good for preventing cardiovascular disease, while reducing the risk of arteriosclerosis.
So to eat red fruits my friends: in the cereal, with yogurt (if they have dairy), or in smoothies.
Here is a recipe for a delicious smoothie with red berries:
For 16 oz:
1 cup frozen blueberries (or any red fruit)
12 oz almond milk (or whichever milk you prefer)
1 handful of baby spinach (you can remove it if you don't want to include vegetables)
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
Blend the spinach with the milk first. Then introduce the other ingredients.