VIDA Fitness Food of the Week: Raspberries
Raspberries are most largely known for their antioxidant and phytonutrient properties. Antioxidants in foods help minimize oxidative damage done by free radicals in our bodies. Oxidation can cause heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer, and more. Phytonutrients are compounds found in plant foods thought to slow aging and reduce the risk of disease. Most notably, phytochemicals are thought to protect against cancer, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, cataracts, and osteoporosis.
Raspberries are excellent sources of vitamin C, dietary fiber and manganese. They also contribute to immune functionality. A one-cup serving at only 80 calories provides 60% the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 36% fiber.
Use: On top of yogurt and oatmeal, blended into smoothies, mixed into salads, or alone as a side dish.
Recipe: Raspberry, Avocado & Mango Salad thanks to the NPRC (National Processed Raspberry Council)