I suppose all fruits are seasonal and it is because of this you should be aware of the season when your favourite fruit is in plenty. It is good to take the advantage and have them in plenty before they go out of season. They are in plenty between June and October.
Raspberries are remarkably high in fiber; a full cup of raspberries has over 8 grams of fiber, which is more fiber than most serving of box cereals. To add on fiber intake, consider adding some raspberries to your morning breakfast cereals.
Raspberries are very high in antioxidants. Remember, antioxidants help us fight off free radicals. Free radicals break down body tissues, collagens and elastin fibers, causing wrinkles. Think of free radicals as rust spreading across a car. The more there is, the more damage it will do, so you want as much antioxidants from your food to help fight those free radicals as possible.
Research done on raspberries and published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, revealed that raspberries can actually prevent cancer. They further suggested that they actually may inhibit cancer cells from spreading.
Raspberries are also very low in calories; 60 calories for a full cup of raspberries. Now think about that the next time you are reaching for a snack, when you know you may be reaching for a nutrition bar that has 200 – 300 calories. You can have a full cup of raspberries for 60 calories, over 8 grams fiber and a lot of antioxidant protection. Now when you are buying raspberries you’ll want to make sure they are fresh and ripen because they don’t continue to ripen after they have been picked. You don’t want the mushy or soft ones as they tend to go bad very quickly. So, you have got to use them within two to three days and they should be deep dark red. They should be very plump and try to get organic if you can because these berries tend to hold on to the residues of the pesticides.
Raspberries can best be included in your meals besides snacking. Throw them into your oatmeal, yogurt and cereals. They are wonderful in spinach salads or maybe make a fruits salad including watermelon and raspberries and they will surely make a wonderful dessert.