I have a friend who is obsessed with berries. I don’t blame her. After doing a little research on these power foods, I should probably be obsessed with them, too.
Almost every type of berry is loaded with vitamins and minerals – so which ones should you eat? Below is my personal list; I rated them on taste and healthiness (scale of 1-5).
One of the most antioxidant-rich foods in existence. Another reason why they get a 5 rating for health: they can reverse the effects of aging. Do yourself a favor and throw these into your cereal every morning – you may live forever.
Contains pigments that reduce pain and inflammation, high in antioxidants, and increases immune system function. Solid 3-punch combo lands this berry the #2 spot. Oh, and they’re delicious.
Rich in Vitamin C and a good source of fiber (hint: don’t eat too many unless the bathroom is your favorite room in the house). I think they’re pretty tasty, too.
Good source of Vitamin E (helps fight infections). Also contains salcylate which may lower your chance of heart disease. Watch out for bears when picking them.
Total score = 6
High in Vitamin C. Also have omega-3 fatty acids. Possibly the best berry you can throw in a smoothie.
That concludes my list. Honorable mentions include acai and goji berries – both nutrient dense but hard to come by.
Now, for your homework: go eat some berries.