Health Benefits of Berries and other Fruits and Vegetables
For a long time, berries have been known as superfoods - they are rich in various vitamins, minerals, fibers, antioxidants, and other compounds that are beneficial for human and animal health. Berries have only recently become objects of strict, double-blind studies that show what they are good for and why.
However, studied scientifically or not, they are one of the healthiest foods around, and when you have a chance, feel free to enjoy them, even if you are on a calorie-restricted diet. In fact, if you are on a low-calorie diet, berries are highly recommended since they will keep your energy levels high, provide you with many beneficial micro and macronutrients, and will even please your taste buds, too! :)
More in-depth information about the health benefits of various berries can be found in the following articles.
The Healthiest Berry in the World?
Although each berry has its own benefits, they often overlap, so it is rather hard to pick the best and the healthiest berry in the world.
IMHO, eat them as you like and according to their availability. Fresh berries are the best, but they are also available as frozen or dried. Processed berries somewhat keep their health benefits, but they are not even near to fresh or frozen ones.
Mixed berries - that is the way to go! :)
Here is the list of our health benefits of berries articles, which are ordered alphabetically.
Acerola cherries that look like small-sized red capsicums are commonly used for medicinal purposes. They are jam-packed with a variety of nutrients and taste tart or sweet. They particularly can treat disorders arising out of deficiencies of vitamins and minerals in the body.
Acerola is a beautiful green tropical shrub with its branches spread out. The intense red acerola cherries are produced within 3 years after the tree is planted. The fruit is ½ to 1 inch in diameter.
Published: October 12, 2019.
Aronia berries, also known as chokeberries, are small, dark purple fruit native to North America. This nutrient-dense berry has recently gained popularity for its numerous health benefits and impressive antioxidant content.
Cultivated in various parts of the United States and Europe, Aronia berries are now recognized as a superfood, frequently consumed in a variety of forms.
Published: April 20, 2023.
Bananas are believed to be a great fruit mainly because a banana provides a significant amount of nutrition and palatability at one of the lowest possible costs. There are also good reasons to eat bananas today.
Bananas can help increase one’s immunity with its nutritional goodness and antioxidant content. The most important fact is that bananas are suitable for everyone, from taste and nutrition point of view as well as the cost point of view.
Published: May 28, 2020
Though Research In Motion (RIM) has in a way honored blackberries just recently by naming one of their most coveted smartphones after the tiny goodies – BlackBerry, these gifts of the Nature in form of small, purplish black-colored succulent sacs are benefiting mankind since ages silently, without any show-off.
Ironically we know the ins and outs of BlackBerry but we don't know much about the health benefits of blackberries; and that's the reason we should learn about them so as to offer a small tribute to these highly valuable fruits.
Published: January 24, 2020.
Currants are the wonderful fruits that are easy to grow whether you grow them in your backyard or in an apartment in containers, great to taste and can be eaten fresh or in the form of jams and jellies. There are multiple colors in currants, like black, red, white, pink and yellow, but black and red currants are apparently the most popular varieties. Here are their health benefits...
You might have heard that blueberries are good for you; but do you know how exactly they are good for you and to what extent? If not, you will find it interesting that these tiny blue gems are extremely precious and do a lot of good to your health, though their size is quite small.
For those of you who eat raw blueberries regularly, knowing about the health benefits of blueberries will be encouraging and delightful, while for those who eat them sparingly it will be an eye-opener, and hopefully they will make blueberries a regular ingredient of their daily meals.
Published: July 10, 2020.
With the mention of cranberries we get enthralled because these rich red rubies are associated with holiday feasts in form of cranberry juice, cranberry sauce and dried cranberries in casseroles, stuffing or desserts.
However, it is quite surprising that cranberries are immensely healthy too, because it is normally seen that tasty foods are often not healthy!
Published: May 13, 2020.
Eggplant is a nutritious and versatile vegetable that can be used in various dishes and can provide a number of health benefits.
As such, eggplants are often part of balanced diets, thanks to their nutritive content and availability almost year long. But, effects on human health also depend on how the eggplants are prepared.
Published: December 30, 2022.
For centuries, elderberries have been used in various forms to prevent and treat various health issues.
Since most elderberries are not edible, even when fully ripe, elderberries must be processed and cooked to be safely used.
Published: June 15, 2022.
Since the tiny, bright red, attractive-looking goji berries are getting increasingly popular, scientists have got interested in their health benefits and are getting evidences that these tiny fruits are actually powerhouses and can be called ‘superfood’.
Goji berries are believed to boost the immune system, are beneficial for diabetes, protect against cancer and heart disease, and help prevent premature aging.
Published: September 28, 2020.
One cannot imagine what a treasure of nutrition and health benefits is hidden in the tiny fruit called gooseberry. While one enjoys jams and baked goods made from it, they get a heavy dose of nutrition too from this fruit.
As such, there are several varieties of gooseberry, but the most common ones are the American and European, named respectively Ribes hirtellum and Ribes uva-crispa. Although both these varieties and all other types of gooseberries look more like grapes and are named berries, they are closely related to white, black, and red currants.
Published: October 7, 2022.
Extremely delicious sweet-n-sour juiciness and versatility to act as snacks as well as a part of salads have made grapes immensely popular all over the world.
These small oval or round berries are attractive to look at too with their smooth skin encasing semi-translucent flesh. Some varieties have edible seeds, while others are seedless.
These extremely tasty fruits have now been proven to be extremely healthy too. Several phytonutrients present in them are believed to help in longevity.
Published: November 14, 2019.
From its name, a kiwi fruit (also known as Kiwifruit, Kiwi, or Chinese gooseberry) may seem to originate in New Zealand. However, it has actually originated in northern China and traveled to New Zealand in the early 20th century and then got its name initially as Chinese gooseberry. But since heavy duties were charged on berries at the time of export, its name was changed to kiwifruit.
Kiwifruit is sweet as well as tart to taste and has an innate coolness. It has juicy pulp which is attractively green in color and is studded with soft black edible seeds.
Published: January 19, 2022.
Lemon is a citrus fruit with a thick rind and soft, edible interior. It can be consumed in many ways, fresh or processed, but mostly in the form of lemonade, lemon water, or like any ordinary fruit. Peel is edible, too, and is often used for adding flavor to cookies, cakes and other food.
Lemon is a good source of some vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other beneficial compounds and its consumption can lead to better health.
Like very similar blackberry, marionberry tastes great and is packed with healthy nutrients.
Consumption of marionberries ensures that one gets high levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients important for one’s body processes.
Published: November 6, 2019.
The saffron-colored round citrus fruits named oranges are believed to be native to Eastern Asia, but today are popular all over the world for their tangy yet sweet flavor, juiciness, and amazing health benefits.
Published: June 29, 2021.
Pomegranate and pomegranate juice's health benefits are numerous, and their regular consumption can help fight a variety of human disorders.
Pomegranate, pomegranate juice, pomegranate extracts, and other pomegranate products are continuously tested in various clinical trials to prove or disprove their beneficial properties.
Updated: November 19, 2020.
Raspberries have long been established as a health food. But recent researches are even more encouraging regarding their health benefits.
Though the studies are in their early stages, scientists have definitely found out that phytonutrients in raspberries increase our cellular metabolism, one of the most important among them being rheosmin which is also known as raspberry ketone.
Published: March 23, 2020.
Recently scientists have enlisted the top 50 foods as antioxidant sources from among commonly consumed foods in the United States and strawberries have got an exceptional ranking in the list. When the total antioxidant power was measured of all foods in uniform quantity (3.5 ounces or 100 g) strawberries grabbed the 27th rank among all the foods commonly eaten in the US.
Moreover, when only fruits were taken into consideration, strawberries were the 4th best, after blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries.
Published: August 10, 2020.
Tomatoes contain a wast number of beneficial micronutrients, antioxidants, and other compounds that improve health and well-being.
They are low-calorie food with low glycemic index and hence low glycemic load and can be consumed fresh or processed.
Published: August 30, 2020.
Watermelons are one of the favorite refreshment fruits and snacks for many people.
However, many people wonder are watermelons healthy at all and how many calories they contain.
Updated: September 19, 2020.