Dried Fruit Stats!

aroniaI recently did a post about fresh fruit and their antioxidant values. This week I provide you with a small clip from nutritionorg.com regarding the antioxidant values of dried fruits.  Very good info to store in your “healthy eating arsenal”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Bgp4_N2Sjrg

When you see the difference in the dried fruits on this clip you realize that there are better snacks than blueberries and even goji berries which I’ve always eaten with confidence they are powerful…and they are but there are even better snacks…..Like the Pomegranate and Gooseberry.  I try to include many of these dried berries in my daily diet…on salads, in smoothies, as snacks etc.

I recently found some frozen aronia berries (chokeberry) not mentioned in this clip as they are not a dried fruit. I now make my morning smoothie with these little berries instead of blueberries.  The berry is very sour in it’s raw form so is not a fruit you want to eat on it’s own.  But mixed into my smoothie with all of the other goodies, it tastes darn good.  The berries contain a powerful natural blend of polyphenolic antioxidants.  They rank very high on the ORAC rating which is a measurement of antioxidants in food products.    As a berry comparison the aronia berry has an ORAC value of 16,062 compared to the blueberry at 4,669.  This is based on 100 g. of each berry.   What an amazing powerhouse “superberry”!!!!  And it is ranked in the top 8 superfruits in the world but is domestic to the warmer climates of the United States.

Don’t get me wrong….blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries are still great foods to include in your daily diet but if you can get your hands on some aronia berries or gooseberries then do so.  What a great addition to your already healthy diet.

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