The Benefits of Frozen or Dried Berries

Why dried food? Is that a question you find yourself asking? Everyone knows the fresher the food the better. Right? True– the closer it is to its optimal fresh state the better.  However that means within hours of harvest which is almost impossible unless your picking the fruit yourself. As soon as berries are picked…

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Antioxidant Levels in Berries

Data compiled by the University of Alaska Fairbanks shows the great nutritional values our wild and specialty berries provide for your health. Research has proven antioxidants to be very important to our health. Thousands of natural chemicals make up antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene. Research has proved that antioxidants play…

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Black Currants May Help Fight Glaucoma

The research into the effect of black currants on glaucoma patients is incredibly important because the loss of vision cannot be restored, but successful treatment can prevent it from continuing and worsening. Japanese research shows that glaucoma patients can benefit from supplementing their daily diet with black currants. This same research also indicates that healthy…

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Antioxidants in Berries May Help Reduce Cancer

Antioxidants in berries may help reduce cancer. Scientists know certain foods contain compounds that help protect against some types of cancers. How these phytochemicals, or naturally occurring plant compounds, produce anti-carcinogenic effects is still somewhat of a mystery. Dr. Gary Stoner, of Ohio State Universities Comprehensive Cancer Center, has a passion for understanding how certain…

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Why Eat Organic & Wild Berries?

Strawberries are one the most popular fruits eaten in the United States. It is also one of the top three foods on the “Dirty Dozen” list. The “Dirty Dozen” are foods consistently found with the most pesticide chemical residue. Strawberries are easily susceptible to insect and fungal damage and are heavily sprayed to maintain their…

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Organic vs. Conventional

Organic vs. Conventional? A healthy lifestyle includes eating right and making healthy choices. An extensive debate that has long been brewing includes the idea of eating foods that are conventionally grown or organically grown. Recently, a team at Stanford University published a study that indicated organic foods do not have more nutritional value than conventionally…

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Berries: An Underrated Source of Fiber

By Kelly Ann Atterberry, BS “Berries are an underrated source of fiber”, said Alethea Flemming, ND of Vital Aging Clinic in Anacortes, Washington, as we walked through the Anacortes’ Farmer’s Market this past summer. Dr. Flemming was teaching a class to the community on medicinal foods throughout the market that day. The class toured the…

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Are Frozen Berries Healthier Than Fresh?

In addition to being a delicious part of any diet, berries have long been considered super foods that are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants. Berries are often available both frozen and fresh, but few consumers realize that frozen berries are often the healthier choice. Many people erroneously believe that “fresh is best”,…

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