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The saying ''big things come in small packages'' has never rung more true when it comes to considering the nutritional value and health benefits associated with including berries in one's diet.
While power-packed berries like açaí, camu camu, maqui and goji are considered exotic because they are not yet commercially grown, other berries we are more familiar with and that are readily available include:
• Blueberries – while these little blue dynamos tend to be expensive as UAE imports them from places like Chile, USA and Canada, their numerous benefits include their high antioxidant content and polyphenols that help strengthen the bones.
• Raspberries – they are high in Vitamin C and manganese and also contain Vitamin K and magnesium.
• Gooseberries – may be red, green or purple and used in various food products; they are rich in vitamins C and A as well as potassium and manganese.
• Strawberries – considered the most popular berry type, these berries have a higher Vitamin C content than oranges, and are high in folic acid and fiber.
• Grapes – these 'small fruits' are loaded with vitamins A, C and B6, and also contain potassium, calcium, magnesium and folic acid.
Other berries you might want to get to know include mulberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, cranberries, boysenberries – the list is long and interesting. And not to be forgotten is the tomato – which is botanically classified as a berry, too.
• Blueberries have antioxidants and polyphenols.
• Strawberries have more Vitamin C than oranges.
• Gooseberries are rich in potassium, manganese.
Source: Special to Classifieds