Berry Good Advice

Berry farms are preparing for their busiest season of the year: berry picking time!

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Berries are generally rich in vitamin C and fibre, yet low in calories. They also provide fair amounts of folate and potassium. But what makes berries special are their phytochemicals, notable anthocyanins – the pigments that give them their intense blue, purple and red colouring. Anthocyanins are potent antioxidants that fight diseases, and berries rank higher in antioxidant power than most fruits and vegetables.

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Why the Doctor was Right about Apples!

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Red delicious, Granny Smith, or crab apple; whatever variety you fancy, apples do a body good! What’s so great about apples?

Low in fat and calories

Hungry? Apples are a healthy, filling, and sensible snack. One apple contains less than 100 calories. Great for the body and the waistline!

Fibre

Apples are a great source of fibre. The peel and pulp of the apple are the main contributors to the fibrous content. One medium-sized apple contains over 4 grams of fibre. Adults should aim for at least 21 – 38 grams of dietary fibre each day.

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Why We Love Rhubarb (And You Should Too!)

It’s more versatile than you think!

Easy to grow, yet easy to overlook. Many people shy away from rhubarb due to its tartness and confusion over how to prepare it. Once picked, rhubarb is easily stored in the refrigerator or can be frozen for future use. Check out these simple recipes for some great ideas on how to use rhubarb:

 

Super Berry! Five Reasons to Celebrate the Strawberry

Strawberries are more than just a sweet and tasty fruit. With strawberry season underway, consider adding these nutritious berries to your daily diet to reap all the health benefits:

 

1. Antioxidants

Strawberries are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and polyphenols. Antioxidants are said to be protective against several diseases, including cancer and stroke. Polyphenols in particular help protect and repair cells in the body. Research has also shown that eating strawberries may play a role in lowering the risk of heart disease, specifically reducing cholesterol and blood pressure. Eat up!

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2. Vitamin C