Blackberries versus Blueberries

Blackberries and blueberries are both delicious, but is one healthier than the other?

Perhaps blackberries have a slight edge by providing vitamins C, A, K and folate. They also contain a larger amount of minerals such as magnesium manganese, copper, zinc, iron and selenium. Copper is needed for bone metabolism and in the production of white and red blood cells. They have one of the highest capacities of all fruits to neutralise free radicals, making them a great source of antioxidants. These compounds can aid in reducing the risk of cancer and neurological diseases.

However, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center, blueberries have the highest total antioxidant capacity, which could aid against cardiovascular disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s. In fact, several studies have shown blueberries support virtually every system in the body, from the immune to the nervous system, while they may also provide anti-aging benefits.

Both berries have roughly the same amount of fat, whilst neither contains any cholesterol.  Both should be considered in a weight loss program or to help maintain a healthy weight. They are also a good source of dietary fibre which can keep blood sugar levels steady. High antioxidant levels in both protect cells from damage by harmful free radicals, while according to the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry eating both berries may help prevent age-related memory loss.

When it comes to the nutritional crown, it’s just too close to call. What I do know for sure is both taste fabulous and are perfect for adding to muesli or porridge or mixing with yogurt. Great alternatives to candy as a sweet treat, for optimal health benefits berries should be eaten at least 4 times a week

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