Blackberry

No, I am not referring to your phone, but instead a wonderful food that you should include in your diet. I grew up in a small hill station that had an abundance of berries. Growing in almost any part of the city were wild berries that included blackberries and raspberries. As children it was great fun to go into your neighbours yard to steal berries. They would go to heaven wouldn’t they if they fed berries to hungry kids? Little did we know that we were doing ourselves a huge favour by gorging on berries as children.

A cup of blackberries has approximately 45 Calories, 5 grams of carbohydrates of which 5 grams are sugar. However, it has 5 grams of fibre which means that it has zero net carbohydrates (fibre neutralises sugar in food). It also has no cholesterol and therefore is a perfect snack to eat when ever you are hungry or especially as a mid-day or evening meal to fill in the time till you can eat your regular meal. Blackberries contain polyphenols which help people retain their cognitive skills as they age. Blackberries also contain anti-inflammatory and anti viral compounds that help you prevent inflammation of the body and infection from viruses. Blackberries contain Vitamin K, C and Manganese which help your bones remain strong and also help in fresh mineral deposits for the bones. It has anthocyanin which helps in fighting cancer. It also has Vitamin A which helps improve your oral hygiene as it reduces the mucous in your mouth.

I dont live in the hill station that I grew up in anymore and therefore do not have the same free access to blackberries from my neighbours yard. They grow in places that have a more temperate climate and therefore can be expensive in case you live in more tropical countries. However, with its extra ordinary benefits, it can prove to be a worthwhile addition to your diet.

RBawri

Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.