Incredibly delicious, the bright red raspberry is possibly the most popular berry to enjoy, other than strawberries perhaps. Raspberries, also known as Rubus ideaeus to the botanists amongst you, are rich sources of plant-derived chemicals, minerals and vitamins that are essential to healthy living for us humans. Originally native to Europe, today the raspberry is cultivated all over the world with the most prominent areas being Poland, USA, Germany and Chile. Here at ODK we source all of our juicy raspberries from Poland for our raspberry cocktail puree.
Our raspberry fruit puree is so scrumptious in fact that it can be used for more than cocktails. Really you can use any of our fruit purees for whatever you please, the flavour is spot on in terms of accuracy and not so overpowering that it dominates. Next time you have some natural yoghurt with oats and fresh fruit, why not try mixing it a squeeze of ODK raspberry puree? With so much raspberry packed into our fruit puree you will certainly gain some of these healthy benefits:
Health benefits of raspberries
- Delicious raspberries are low in calories and fats. Nonetheless, they are a rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants.
- Xylitol is a low-calorie sugar substitute extracted from raspberries. A teaspoonful of xylitol carries just 9.6 calories as compared to 15 calories of sugar. Xylitol absorbs into the blood more slowly in the intestines than simple sugar and does not contribute to high glycemic index. It thus can be helpful for people with diabetes to regulate wide fluctuations of blood sugar levels.
- Fresh raspberries are excellent sources of vitamin-C, which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin-C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation, and scavenge harmful free-radicals.
- Raspberry contains anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin-A and vitamin-E. In addition to the antioxidants mentioned above.
- They contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
- They are rich in the B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin-K. The berries contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins function as co-factors and help the body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
Who knew raspberries were so good for you? Here is a little ODK recipe for you to enjoy your raspberry puree in all its glory: