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17 Berries Ranked According To Their Nutritious Benefits (17 pics)

Posted in Lifestyle » Food   8 Jul 2016   / 3644 views

The term “berry” has a very board meaning, but in everyday language, a berry is a small, pulpy and often edible fruit. Here are ranked berries that fit this meaning but also some berries that are technically misnomers.
 

No. 17: Huckleberries

Huckleberries, the state fruit of Idaho, don't have a lot of nutritional content going for them. They have very few vitamins and nutrients. Huckleberries are typically only found in the wild, but if you can find them, they taste good on their own or in pastries.

Calories per cup: 126

No. 16: Grapes

Grapes, surprisingly, are berries, but they don't offer much in the way of nutrition compared with others. They are mostly just water and sugar.

Calories per cup: 62

No. 15: Blueberries

Blueberries, like grapes, are mostly just water and sugar, though blueberries contain a quarter of your daily vitamin C intake.

Calories per cup: 85

No. 14: Bananas

Bananas are another surprising berry. They have some of the highest potassium of the berries on the list, but they also contain a fair amount of sugar at 18 grams per cup. And, if you're feeling adventurous, consider eating their peels to get more fiber and vitamin C.

Calories per cup: 133

No. 13: Pomegranates

Pomegranates are known for being packed with antioxidants. They're high in potassium and fiber. A cup of seeds will get you 28% of your daily vitamin C content.

Calories per cup: 144

No. 12: Boysenberries

Boysenberries originated from blackberries crossed with raspberries or loganberries. They contain 20% of your daily total carbohydrates per cup, but also pack in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, with the added bonus of 2.5 grams of protein.

Calories per cup: 225

No. 11: Cranberries

Cranberries, though not typically eaten raw, are often used in sauces to add a tart flavor. Cranberries are relatively low in calories, and they're a good source of vitamin C and fiber.

Calories per cup: 46

No. 10: Lychees

Lychees are sweet fruit, native to southern China. They have a floral taste and skin that looks a little bit like an alligator's. They also have more than 200% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.

Calories per cup: 125

No. 9: Raspberries

Raspberries, although not technically berries because of their multiple ovaries, still join our list as "false berries." A cup will get you half of your daily vitamin C content, 8 grams of fiber, and possibly some stained fingers.

Calories per cup: 65

No. 8: Strawberries

Strawberries, also "false berries," edge out raspberries thanks to their low caloric content. A cup of these berries has more than 140% of your daily vitamin C.

Calories per cup: 47

No. 7: Gooseberries

Gooseberries may look like weird grapes, but they make up for it with their high fiber content, along with potassium and 70% of your daily recommended vitamin C. They taste a bit like sour grapes when eaten raw.

Calories per cup: 66

No. 6: Red currants

Currants can be delicious in jams or on their own. One cup contains 76% of your daily recommended vitamin C, as well as 20% of your daily recommended fiber.

Calories per cup: 63

No. 5: Mulberries

Mulberries, which can range in color from red to deep purple or black, have a sweet taste that's accompanied by lots of vitamin C and iron.

Calories per cup: 60

No. 4: Kiwis

Kiwis are also considered berries, and they pack in the most potassium of any fruits on this list, with 16% of the daily recommended amount in one cup. They also have the most vitamin C (278% of the daily value) of the fruits on this list, though kiwis contain a fair amount of sugar.

Calories per cup: 110

No. 3: Tomatoes

Tomatoes have the fewest calories and highest amount of vitamin A of any berry on this list.

Calories per cup: 26

No. 2: Blackberries

Blackberries consistently had high nutritional content across the board, with almost a third of the daily recommended fiber per cup. They are also relatively low in carbohydrates.

Calories per cup: 62

No. 1: Elderberries

Elderberries, not particularly common in grocery stores, climbed to the top of the list. They're high in potassium, fiber, iron, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.

They can be eaten raw, though it's recommended that you cook them down into a syrup or add them to baked goods because they have toxins that can make you feel sick.

Calories per cup: 106












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