The Food Coach

Healthy Food Database - Blackberries

Native to Asia, Europe, North and South America, blackberries have escaped cultivation and become naturalised in south eastern Australia. They have been used in Europe for over 2000 years; for eating, medicinal purposes, and because the hedges are prickly they were used to keep out marauders.
Often referred to as brambles, blackberries look very like raspberries but are a dark purply-black colour.
The purply -black colour is an indication of SO MUCH GOODNESS. Blackberries are packed full of anthocyanins - powerful antioxidants, which can help prevent chronic disease.
They are more expensive so buy them fresh to eat within 2 days and store on a plate over a layer of absorbent paper.
Category: Fruit
In Season: Autumn
To Buy: Often attached to a high price tag - you'll find them in good quality greengrocers.
To Store: Buy them fresh to eat within 2 days - store on a plate over a layer of absorbent paper.
Tips & Tricks: Because blackberries are expensive and can be quite bitter - mix them with other berries for a brightly coloured, exquisite-looking dessert.

Nutrition (0.5 Cup):

Energy (kJ): 207
Protein (g): 1.4
Saturated Fat, g : 0.0
Folic Acid: Important during pregnancy as this vitamin is involved in the duplication of chromosomes, preventing birth defects. Lowers the risk of heart disease and is necessary for proper brain and gut function.
Magnesium: Involved in energy production and proper functioning of muscles and nerves, magnesium also promotes the absorption of other minerals and promotes blood vessel dilation and lowers the risk of blood clots.
Salicylates: Naturally occurring plant chemicals found in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, jams, honey, yeast extracts, tea and coffee, juices, beer and wines. Also present in flavourings, perfumes, scented toiletries and some medications.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. High
Carbohydrates, g: 7.4
Fat (g): 0.3
Vitamin C: Antioxidant, anti inflammatory and immune-boosting, this vitamin has a range of uses. Is essential for collagen formation, therefore plays a role in wound healing. Fights infection and protects against free radical damage. Vitamin C helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, promotes the absorption of iron and counters the effects of stress as it is concentrated in the adrenal glands.

Contraindications:
Large doses can cause diaorrhea or gas.
Potassium: Needed for normal growth and muscle and nerve contraction. Together with sodium regulates water and fluid balance in the body.
Amines: Amines come the breakdown or fermentation of proteins. High amounts are found in cheese, chocolate, wine, beer and yeast extracts. Smaller amounts are present in some fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, bananas.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. Low
Glutamates: Glutamate is found naturally in many foods, as part of protein. It enhances the flavour of food, which is why foods rich in natural glutamates such as tomatoes, mushrooms and cheeses are commonly used in meals. Pure monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as an additive to artificially flavour many processed foods, and should be avoided, especially in sensitive individuals as it can cause serious adverse reactions. n/a

Cooking:

Cooking Tips: If you stumble upon a bush laden with fruit, make a delicious blackberry pie - otherwise serve them as is.

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Cold and Flus
Premature Aging

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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