Did you have loganberries before? Are you aware why they are one of the best fruits you can have? Similar to blackberries, loganberries have a host of health benefits.
Would you like to know more? Keep reading!
Loganberry – A Brief
What are loganberries? In what can be called a happy accident, loganberries were born from the cross between blackberries and raspberries. Long ago, in the late 1800s, a gardening enthusiast James Harvey Logan took an interest in berries. Like many who loved blackberries, he too wanted to enjoy a superior fruit, cultivated to perfection. In time, his efforts in cross-breeding resulted in a delicate loganberry fruit.
Loganberries are a perfect combination of both the berry varieties. They have smaller seeds than blackberries and are slightly longer than raspberries. Loganberries are juicier and also have a sharper flavor. The fruit is dark red, but the best-flavored fruit are usually deep purple in color.
[ Read: Benefits Of Blackberries ]
It did not take very long for loganberries to become famous. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the fruit was widely preferred in Europe. As a descendant of blackberries and raspberries, loganberries can be interchangeably used in recipes that feature these fruits. They are delicious when eaten raw. If preferred, loganberries can also be prepared into syrups, jams, and juices. The berries are great additions to baked items and salads.
Loganberries offer a host of benefits by virtue of their nutritional offerings. Let us find out what they are.
Like their berry counterparts, loganberries are richly colored. They contain high amounts of anthocyanins. These act as antioxidants, neutralizing the harmful free radicals in our bodies. Berry sourced antioxidants are a good defense against potential diseases like heart conditions and cancer (1).
Loganberries, along with blackberries, have a high concentration of gallic acid, ellagic acid, and rutin. Ellagic acid has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It also prevents the growth of cancerous cells and acts as a chemopreventative (2).
The berries are a ready-to-eat basket of essential nutrients, similar to blackberries. Loganberries most notably contain vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and manganese (3).
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant that protects our health. It strengthens the immune system, which is why regular consumption of loganberries would build strong resistance against infections. Vitamin C is also required to heal wounds and repair the tissues (4).
5. Vitamin K
Loganberries provide the necessary vitamin K in our diet. Vitamin K enables protein synthesis for healthy tissues and bones. This vitamin also helps the blood clot, and without it bleeding problems would arise (5).
[ Read: Health Benefits Of Barberry ]
Folate is a B vitamin found in loganberries, which your body needs in order to produce DNA. It is essential for cell division and tissue development. Folic acid deficiency is a major issue in women as a lack of sufficient B vitamin in pregnant women is known to have led to neuronal defects in newborns (6).
Manganese offered by loganberries helps bone and tissue formation. It also aids the nervous system and brain in functioning efficiently. The optimum levels of manganese in the body can help treat conditions like arthritis, diabetes, and premenstrual syndrome (7).
[ Read: Foods High In Manganese ]
With 7gm of fiber per cup, loganberries are a good dietary source of fiber. They combat several problems arising from a lack of fiber. Intake of high fiber in the diet was proven to lower the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, and obesity (8).
9. Low In Calories
A single cup containing 150gm of loganberries have just 80 calories. Considering the benefits, the fruit is a perfect addition to a healthy diet. Moreover, loganberries are also ideal for those opting for low-calorie diets.
[ Read: Benefits Of Raspberries ]
10. Low In Fat And Carbohydrates
Loganberries contain no saturated or unsaturated fats. Their carbohydrate content stands at less than 20gm per cup, which is not very taxing. The fruits also offer about 2gm of protein in the same cup.
Now that you have realized the wonderful benefits of loganberries, color your plates bright with this red fruit!
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