Food of the Month: Raspberries

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com  Whether it be in a delicious tart or a refreshing lemonade, raspberries are the perfect summer ingredient. They can be paired in a variety of dishes from salads, to dressings, as well as many desserts. Not only are they so versatile to cook with, but they also provide an abundance of nutrients. Raspberries get their radiant red colour from the antioxidant anthocyanin. This antioxidant has the ability to protect against a range of diseases due to its ability to fight free-radicals. Raspberries also contain one of the highest amounts of fibre, making up 20% of the berry’s total weight. Fibre is great for digestive health, as well as making you feel full for longer. They are also chalk full of vitamin C which aids in tissue growth and development. Given the rich antioxidant and phytonutrient content in raspberries, they are a great component in the diet for aiding in cancer prevention, reducing inflammation, and overall health. Read More

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Rockin’ Raspberries

Care of Amy Symington     A descendant of the rose family, these tart and tasty little red bundles of goodness are once again in season! And it’s so easy to see why everyone loves their tangy yet mildly sweet flavour profile as it lends itself to endless dessert and even savoury possibilities. Raspberries are an excellent source of manganese, vitamin C and dietary fibre and are a low glycemic food, aiding in the regulation of blood glucose levels.  They are rich in the flavonoid anthocyanin, which has been shown to have antioxidant/anti-inflammatory benefits, lowering oxidative stress present in the body. This in turn could potentially lower one’s overall risk of chronic disease. Raspberries also contain raspberry keytones. Raspberry keytones are the primary aroma compound found in raspberries and are used in perfumes and as flavouring agents in food products. However, most recently they have been heavily marketed in the supplement world as the latest weight loss/fat burning miracle. With that said, currently, there is no conclusive, substantiated evidence to prove that this is in fact the case and it is not recommended to take raspberry keytone supplements to assist with weight issues.  The leaves from a raspberry bush are used to… Read More

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