Why I Like Gooseberries!


by Shari


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Everything You Need to Know About Delicious Gooseberries!

Gooseberries, also known as “Ribes uva-crispa,” are small, round berries that come in various colors, including green, red, and yellow.

The ones I bought recently are the yellow variety, and they’re super sweet and delicious! They’re fun to peel! And they’re GOOD for you!

Shari Likes Fruit holding Gooseberries

I recommend checking through the batch before you buy them.

This one (pictured) had a few berries that had gone bad inside their (natural) wrapper, but I didn’t inspect them before I bought them.

They have a truly unique blend of flavors, combining tartness and sweetness.

These berries are often called magical due to their numerous health benefits and culinary versatility.

Any fruit lover needs to know about Gooseberries.

And if you’re not a fruit lover, give them a try. Pretend you’re eating a Lemon Head that helps your health instead of hurts it. 🙂

Gooseberries Are Nutritional Powerhouses with Surprising Benefits You Need in Your Life

Rich in Nutrients

Like most fruit, Gooseberries contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Specifically, they contain vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and phytonutrients that support overall health.

Antioxidant Properties

The high levels of antioxidants in gooseberries help combat oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. These compounds protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Boosting Immunity

Vitamin C in gooseberries strengthens the immune system, aiding the body’s defense against infections and illnesses. It helps us deal with the inevitable stressors of daily living in a proactive way. Don’t be weak! And that includes your immune system.

Digestive Health

The dietary fiber content in gooseberries supports healthy digestion by promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. Feed your healthy gut microbiome without trying and without measuring.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Certain compounds in gooseberries have anti-inflammatory properties, potentially reducing inflammation and related health issues. This makes it a super food for athletes and bodybuilders, too!

Vision Protection

Gooseberries contain vitamin A, contributing to good vision and eye health. For those of us sitting in front of a computer all day, it makes me love them even more!

Heart Health

Potassium in gooseberries supports cardiovascular health by helping to regulate blood pressure and promoting proper heart function.

Culinary Versatility

Gooseberries can be used in various culinary creations. They can be enjoyed raw, but they are also used in jams, jellies, chutneys, desserts, and beverages.

Traditional Medicine

In some cultures, gooseberries have been used in traditional medicine for their potential to alleviate ailments such as coughs, fevers, and urinary tract infections.

Skin Benefits

Some skincare products incorporate gooseberry extracts due to their potential to improve skin health and appearance. Get that Gooseberry Glow!

Hair Health

Gooseberries are believed to enhance hair health, possibly preventing hair loss and promoting shiny hair. Preventing hair loss?! You heard that right!

Diabetes Management

Gooseberries may help manage blood sugar levels due to their low glycemic index and fiber content.

Gooseberries are also FUN to eat because you get to peel back the paper wrapper before eating them. It forces you to slow down and enjoy each delicious Gooseberry BITE!

They’re low in calories and highly nutritious. You get great bang for your buck when it comes to fruit.

Gooseberries – Nutritional Content

1 Cup of Gooseberries

Calories – 65

Protein – 1 gram

Fat – <1 gram

Carbs – 15 grams

Fiber – 7 grams!

Vitamin C – 42 milligrams (about half of the recommended daily value)

It also has B5, B6, Copper, Manganese, and Potassium!

And because it is rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and vitamins E and C, you’ll gain support from Mother Nature that can help with brain health and fight against the signs of aging, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Whoa!

As with all fruit and veggies, a whole-foods, plant-based diet, eating what’s in season, will fulfill all your nutrient targets.

If anyone asks you if you can reach your nutritional targets on a raw vegan or plant-based diet, invite them to compare bloodwork.

As with all fruit, eat it ripe and eat what’s in season. Following those two tips, you’ll get PLENTY of the necessary nutrients in your cells. And as always, include lots of greens!

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Shari Likes Fruit is all about making fruit and vegetables enjoyable, loving animals, and cherishing the joy within all of us.

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