Fat Burning Foods Day 5 – Raspberries
For today’s edition of fat fighting foods, I’m going to cover another fruit.
Fruit gets a bad rap when it comes to losing fat, and that’s just too bad. Last week when I wrote the pineapple post I got a lot of emails asking about fruit and fat loss, which prompted me to write a post about it.
Hopefully you’re converted, or never believed the “fruit is bad” hype by now.
Anyway, today’s fat fighting food is raspberry.
Every time I write that I think of Sesame Street.
But I digress.
I eat raspberries every single day. I put them in my morning smoothie along with blackberries, blueberries and some other ingredients. Mine are frozen because the fresh ones are tough to come by this time of year, plus they’re a lot more expensive.
Raspberries are loaded with fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese, plus they include a whole host of other vitamins and even a little Omega-3’s (surprisingly).
Plus raspberries are loaded with phytonutrients (as all fruits are), especially one called ellagic acid.
Ellagic acid is one of the few phytonutrients that actually has a lot of research behind it and is a very good destroyer and protector against free radicals.
Raspberries are also a good bacteria cleaner-upper, which may explain why there’s some mumblings about the protection against Irritable Bowel and the yeast Candida.
I could literally go on and on with raspberries about their phytonutrient make-up and their health benefits, but it would take too long and I don’t like writing big words. I’m a little word type of guy and when you get into the nutrition sciences, big words get thrown about.
When it comes to buying and storing raspberries, I’m big on frozen.
Fresh berries taste great, but you’ve got to eat them within a day or two otherwise they go bad. If you don’t refrigerate them, they’ll go bad a lot sooner than that.
Plus, I like to put my berries into smoothies rather than eat them raw. It’s just easier to get more consumed, which is what you need to do.
There’s also some evidence that frozen berries have a better nutrient profile than fresh because they’re picked, washed and frozen right away, which locks in their nutrients, rather than being picked, washed, packaged, trucked and placed in the produce section.
All that time allows for some vitamins to die off.
And frozen raspberries are cheaper.
Either way, it’s just important that you eat them on a regular basis.
Not only will the fiber help you lose weight, but the berries will also make you healthier.
You can add raspberries to your smoothies, like me, or you can eat them fresh alone, or put them on oatmeal, cereals, add them to yogurt, put them on top of pancakes or waffles along with honey, or add them to other fruits to eat along with your breakfast (fruit cocktail I suppose), or have them in jams or jellies, as long as they’re not too sugar-laden.
You can be as creative as you wanna be with these little suckers.
If you have any ideas, be sure to share!
Have a great day!
The Fit Dad