We need to talk about berries. Not only because they’re full of healthy vibrant goodness, but because there are a few definitions of what actually constitutes a ‘berry’, believe it or not. If you take the botanical definition of berry fruits, they’re known as ‘flashy fruits’ produced from a single flower containing one ovary. Well, we did say we needed to talk about them! Two classic examples of this are grapes and bananas.
Berries like blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries are not *shock horror* what you call ‘true berries’ because their fruits are formed not only from the ovary but from other parts of the flower too. However, seeing as they all have ‘berry’ in their name and are not only super delicious but extremely nutritious too, we’ve compiled our top berry list just for you.
Berry good for you
A good source of fibre, containing several essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C. Incorporating berries into your diet will only result in a big thumbs up from your body.
The Berry Countdown
In no particular order…
The small but oh-so-mighty blueberry packs a hug nutritious punch! A source of vitamins K and C, dietary fibre and flavonoids, which are interestingly also found in wine. The type of flavonoids found in blueberries are called anthocyanins, which have an impressive antioxidant effect and also give blueberries their dark purple colour.
Big on vitamin C, fibre and taste, these little red gems of a fruit also contain antioxidants such as anthocyanin and quercetin. There are a range of studies that suggest raspberries may have some fantastic health benefits such as aiding weight loss and reducing the risk of cancer.
From the snack of choice whilst watching a tennis match at Wimbledon to a sure juicy sign that summer is finally here, the strawberry is probably the most popular and widely eaten berry in the world. The Queen of Vitamin C, it’s also an excellent source of fibre too.
Native to China and also known as ‘wolfberries’, they are used traditionally in Chinese medicine but are becoming more popular in the Western world. High in vitamin A these little goji berries contain nutrients that are good for eye health. But the magic doesn’t stop there. Not a bad berry to have on side, wouldn’t you agree?
A distance relation to the blueberry, best to not get them confused as they both have their own nutritious thing going on! Native to Europe, but like their long-lost cousins, they are also good sources of vitamin C and fibre.
Grown on acai palm trees in the Brazilian Amazon region, our nutritious berry friends have become hugely sought after thanks to their high antioxidant content. *Fun berry fact* they are one of the best sources of antioxidant polyphenols and may contain as much as ten times more antioxidants than blueberries!
Oh-so healthy but oh-so sour, these tiny, vivid red wonders can also be consumed as a juice whilst reaping all their nutritional benefits.
Ah, the humble grape. So versatile and utterly delicious, they can be eaten whole and raw, used in vinegar, drunk in a juice and yep; one of our all-time favourites – wine!
Grapes, particularly the seeds and skin, are packed full of goodness and some studies have even shown that the polyphenols found in grapes may contribute to normal heart function by helping to maintain healthy blood pressure.
A sweet yet tart taste, blackberry is a summer berry through and through. Packed full of vitamin C and fibre, it’s a healthy, nutritious little berry too.
So, there you have it; our berry countdown. Whether you drink them, eat them as a snack, or use them as a breakfast topping, remember that berries are just berry, berry good for you!
Swisse Me & berries
We love berries berry much – can you tell? So much so that we had to headline it in our energy blend, Boost Me Berry as it contains delicious and nutritious raspberries. But we didn’t stop there. In other healthy snack recipes like our Boost Me Beetroot blend, you’ll find strawberries and raspberries and in Boost Me Collagen shot there’s pomegranate juice to get those taste buds really going. From our breakfast range, Start Me Chia blend almost has the full set; strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and pomegranates. And berry good it is too!