Raspberries are low in calories and high in fiber, a vital one-two punch in the fight against fat.
This fragile, exquisite, and expensive berry is actually a member of the rose family. But there is nothing delicate about the low-calorie fiber you get from this tiny fruit.
It's wonderful that a food that tastes so good is so good for you. They are low in fat and calories and have 2 grams of fiber per half cup. Some of the fiber is insoluble, so it helps keep you regular. But much of it is found as pectin, a soluble fiber known to help lower blood cholesterol.
Besides being a good source of vitamin C (an antioxidant beneficial in the fight against cancer), raspberries contain a phytochemical, ellagic acid, believed to have additional anticancer properties.
These melt-in-your-mouth berries also contain anthocyanins, which possess antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, helping to keep certain bacteria and fungi from getting out of hand. Raspberries are a great source of manganese, another player in the antioxidant scene. All in all, berries are fantastic sources of antioxidants and should be a part of your recommended daily two cups of fruit as often as possible.