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Berries....Fun Facts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Strawberries and Blackberries

Oatmeal, Steel Cut (Specialty's), 1 cup - 150 cal
Blackberries, fresh, 1 cup - 75 cal
Strawberries, fresh, 0.5 cup, sliced - 25 cal
TOTAL: 250 calories

I love berries mixed in with oatmeal. It's pretty filling, loads of fiber, and tasty too. Blackberries are hard to find this time of year, but Costco always seems to have them at a great price.

Fun Facts:

*Strawberries are vital for super skin! They contain vitamin C, which helps keep skin firm and smooth. Strawberries also contain Vitamin A, which is vital to healthy hair and skin.

*Blackberries and strawberries are very high in ellagic acid which is an antioxidant that acts as a scavenger to help make potential cancer-causing chemicals inactive. Ellagic Acid reduces the genetic damage caused by carcinogens like tobacco smoke and air pollution. They also contain other antioxidants that help lower cholesterol and ward off cardiovascular disease.

*Strawberries for headaches??? They contain natural salicylates, an ingredient that's found in aspirin! In Roman times, the strawberry was valued for its therapeutic properties.

*Blackberries are very high in Vitamin C and fiber!

*Have you ever eaten a double strawberry? Legend holds that if you break it in half and share it with a member of the opposite sex, you will soon fall in love with each other.

*Strawberries were used as a medicinal herb in the 13th Century in Rome.

*Strawberries have a museum dedicated to them in Belgium!

*Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

*Strawberries are the National Symbol of the Zeta Tau Alpha women's fraternity. Legend has it that a secret admirer sent them to one of their founding members, so one of their first socials was a strawberry social!!

*The first important American variety, the Hovey, was grown in 1834 in Massachusetts.

*Processing, such as cooking and freezing berries do not affect the phytochemical properties that they contain! This means that value-added products, such as our nectars, ciders, & jams etc... are still high in the healthy stuff!!!

*Blackberries are effective in the treatment of stomach problems, such as nausea, so we have given samples to chemotherapy patients to try. Some of these patients have come back and bought the nectar by the case, so there must be something to it!

*Blackberries are one of the few fruits that contain heart-protective Vitamin E. Berries also strengthen blood vessels , protecting eyesight and reducing heart disease and risk!

*Strawberries and Blackberries are fat free!

*Blackberries and Strawberries contain the highest levels of phytoestrogens, which have a possible roll in prevention of breast & cervical cancer.

*Some of the antioxidants in berries help fight the aging process! Blackberries are high in anthocyanins, which give them their color. These specific antioxidants help fight off the process of aging by fighting off the diseases associated with old age. Think about a metal saw rusting due to oxidation, the body deteriorates due to the effects of oxidation.

*The second wife of Henry VIII, Queen Anne Boleyn (1507-36), had a strawberry-shaped birthmark on her neck. Unfortunately, some claimed this proved she was a witch.

**Most of the previous facts come from the Northland Berry News, and the USDA

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  • 68ANNE
    I love berries, too
    I buy them frozen and they are always in season and fresh!
    1885 days ago
    wow! I knew I loved those berries :p

    Thanks! That was fun

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    1885 days ago
    Really good in Smothies too - Steal Cut Oatmeal ? Have to research have heard a ton good thing in regards to this Oatmeal - What is the difference between steal cut and conventional ? Hugs K
    1885 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the fun facts here! Berries are super foods!
    1886 days ago
    And I just read a research article indicating women who ate berries 2-3 x's weekly were 1/3rd less likely to have a cardiac event than those who didn't. Even if those who didn't eat berries ate other fruits and vegetables in appropriate amounts, it didn't compare with the berry eating group. Hooray for my favorites: raspberries and blackberries!
    1886 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    That picture looks good enough to eat! Thanks for the fun facts!
    1886 days ago
    Berries are really good for you but the steel cut oats, I just can't do it....ugh!

    God bless & thanks for sharing!

    1886 days ago
    Love, love, love me some berries. As always, the facts were fun - especially when they're for something so tasty!
    1886 days ago
  • IAM_HIS2
    This sound berry, berry tasty!! I am going to try it!! Thankyou!
    1886 days ago
    Well this was berry interesting.



    Seriously, I enjoyed reading this. I love berries and oatmeal.

    Make it a great day!
    1886 days ago
    Looks yummilicious! I have not tried the steel rolled oats yet, but I love oatmeal, so I figure I will like them, too.
    1886 days ago
    emoticon I LOVE Strawberrys!! And I almost always put Blueberries in my Oatmeal.
    From reading these Facts, I may have to give Blackberries another try. Not even on the list of Top Ten Favorite Berrys!
    1886 days ago
    I eat oatmeal with fruit almost every morning!

    Great facts about berries!

    1886 days ago
  • IRP1114
    Yum! Love oatmeal. With apples or berries ;-)! I had a few strawberries in my salad at lunch yesterday. So yummy with balsamic vinegar. Thanks for the fun facts ;-)!
    1886 days ago
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