If you don’t already know what Paleo diet is, you’re missing out! Basically, the Paleo diet is the caveman’s diet. Our ancestors in the Paleolithic age didn’t have dairy products or processed food, and their main food items were meat, nuts and berries. Their food habits are believed to be the prime reason of their good health and longevity. Today, Paleo is a popular diet regime, stressing on berries as staple nutrients. Rich in antioxidants, berries are packed with the whole lot of power and taste to keep the body active and fit. Here are the best and the most Paleo berries for you to understand your Paleo food chart better:
Blueberries: The superstars of berries, blueberries have achieved the status of magical fruits and not without reasons. The wild indigo berries are known for their phytonutrient content. Anthocyanins – the water soluble pigments that lend fruits and other food items their red, purple or blue shades—is one of the most beneficial phytonutrients in blueberries along with many others. Apart from being powerful antioxidants, blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties as well. Great in taste, blueberries can be wild or cultivated. Wild berries are known to have higher antioxidant content.
Blackberries: Closest to wild berries, blackberries need not be cultivated. High on nutritional contents of vitamin C, vitamin K, and dietary fiber, blackberries are also powerful anti-oxidants.
Boysenberries: A cross between a blackberry and European raspberry, boysenberries have equally powerful anti-oxidants as other berries in the family, however, the taste differs. You may prefer the sweet-tart flavor of boysenberries for a change.
Cranberries: Regarded as a super fruit due to their antioxidant properties and nutrients, cranberries have a moderate amount of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, minerals, and manganese. These deep red berries are also sold sweetened and dried. Fresh cranberries can be frozen at home and you can eat a handful of these tart berries between meals or after a rigorous workout.
Strawberries: Easy to find, pocket-friendly and great in taste, strawberries are great Paleo berries. Try and get the freshly plucked strawberries from the cultivator’s market. The wild strawberries, although smaller in size, have more antioxidants than the cultivated ones.
Mulberries: White, green or yellow at first, then pink to red and finally dark purple when ripe, mulberries get their color from anthocyanins which leads to various health benefits. Rich in taste and less in calories, succulent mulberries also have minerals and vitamins that are essential for a healthy body.
Gooseberries: Tart in taste, gooseberries come close to currants, belonging to the same family of Grossulariaceae. Gooseberries can be found in different shapes, sizes, and colors. And like other Paleo berries, these are great antioxidants and low in calories too.
Raspberries: Red in color and delicious to eat, Raspberries are grown all over the world. Rich sources of dietary fiber, Raspberries have high levels of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals. These succulent berries contain anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin E. These are also rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K.
Currants: Black, white or red currants are in the same family as gooseberries and can be consumed fresh or dried. Packed with antioxidants, currants are also Vitamin C rich.
Elderberries: Elderberries are known for its medicinal properties for centuries and are beneficial in treating flu, allergies, and respiratory problems. Studies have shown that anthocyanins found in elderberries have more antioxidant capacity than either vitamin E or vitamin C. Available as syrups or tinctures, elderberries also have organic pigments, flavonoids, vitamin A and B and a large amount of vitamin C.