Berries are among the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re delicious, nutritious, and provide a number of impressive health benefits.
Loaded with antioxidants
Berries contain antioxidants, which help keep free radicals under control.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that are beneficial in small amounts but can damage your cells when their numbers get too high, causing oxidative stress.
One study showed that blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest antioxidant activity of commonly consumed fruits, next to pomegranates.
May help improve blood sugar and insulin response
Berries may improve your blood sugar and insulin levels.
High in fibre
Berries are a good source of fibre, including soluble fibre. Studies show that consuming soluble fibre slows down the movement of food through your digestive tract, leading to reduced hunger and increased feelings of fullness.
Here are the carb and fibre counts for 100 grams of berries:
Raspberries: 11.9 grams of carbs, 6.5 of which are fibre
Blackberries: 10.2 grams of carbs, 5.3 of which are fibre
Strawberries: 7.7 grams of carbs, 2.0 of which are fibre
Blueberries: 14.5 grams of carbs, 2.4 of which are fibre
Note that a typical serving size for berries is 1 cup, which converts to about 125–150 grams depending on the type.
So, here is a good start to why eating berries are important.