At Buffalo Market, we believe that food can be better. This is why we’re building long-term relationships with local famers and suppliers, and work with organic produce where possible – not only does it cut down on food miles and benefit the environment, the food itself is fresher, tastier, and healthier. We think great food shouldn’t be a premium product, nor should it cost the earth (either literally or metaphorically).
We all know that eating plenty of fresh fruit is key to a healthy, balanced diet, but which fruit is the healthiest? Well, to a certain extent, it depends on how you measure “healthy” – there are many statistics one can use to evaluate the merits of one fruit against another. But, taken together, it’s clear there is one winner. Or perhaps we should say group of winners.
Put simply, it is berries. Berries of all kinds – blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, cranberries – are low in fat and calories, high in fibre, and packed with vitamins and nutrients. They’re also rich in chemicals called polyphenols; these include anthocyanins and anthocyanidins, which research has linked to improved heart and brain health, reduced cancer risk, improved insulin sensitivity, and better blood pressure.
Antioxidants are another key element to berries’ superfood status. Indeed, their net antioxidant effect is, gram for gram, better than any other fruit and second only to various herbs and spices. They truly are the fruit world’s equivalent of leafy greens.
And one berry in particular sits at the top of the tree (or bush) – raspberries. One cup of these little red beauties contains 8 grams of fibre – that’s a third of your daily needs – and over half your RDI of vitamin C. There’s also only 4 grams of sugar, meaning it has a low glycemic load (meaning how much your blood glucose level rises after eating).
Fresh berries are, of course, the best, as once picked the level of nutrients and minerals starts to fall. But if you can’t access fresh fruit, frozen is a good option too – generally, berries are frozen immediately after harvesting, meaning all that healthy goodness is locked in. Frozen berries can be added to smoothies and shakes, baked goods, or scattered over pancakes and French toast.
At Buffalo Market we strive to carry both a variety of seasonal berries and frozen, given you plenty of options when it comes to adding these to your diet. Stick some in your cart today, and feel the health benefits for yourself.