Raspberries are known as 'aggregate fruits' since they are a compendium of smaller seed-containing fruits, called drupelets, which are arranged around a hollow central cavity. Their shape conveys to them a very delicate, almost 'melt-in-your-mouth' texture. They are fragrantly sweet with a subtly tart overtone. While the most common type of raspberry (Rubus idaeus) is red-pink in color, raspberries actually come in a range of colors including black, purple, orange, yellow and white. Both loganberries and boysenberries are hybrids of raspberries.
Health Benefits of Raspberries
- Being rich in antioxidants, raspberry helps neutralize free radicals in the body and thus, prevents damage to cell membranes & other structures.
- Raspberries can restrain proliferation of cancer cells and even the formation of tumors in various parts of the body, including the colon.
- Daily consumption 3 or more servings of raspberry has been seen to lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the main cause of vision loss in older adults.
- The anthocyanins present in raspberry have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and also delay the effects of aging.
- The presence of salicylic acid in raspberries might slow down atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
- Raspberry is a good source of quercetin, an antioxidant that diminishes the release of histamines and thus, minimizes allergic reactions.
- Manganese and vitamin C, two antioxidant nutrients in raspberries, help protect the body tissue from oxygen-related damage.
- Raspberry is one of the few fruits whose consumption would not have much effect on the body�s blood sugar levels.
- Research has shown that regular consumption of raspberry is good for those suffering from inflammation and pain.