Do you know which healthy ingredients are hiding underneath the skin of this small deep purple fruit?
The term “superfood” has been given to so many berries and vegetables now, that it’s almost lost its meaning, but that’s exactly what the Aronia berry is. While the berries have been used in Native American medicine for hundreds of years, scientists are only now studying what benefits it has for our health, and their findings are extremely positive.
Aronia melanocarpa or black chokeberry is a multi-stemmed, deciduous, eastern North American shrub. Each mature plant produces an abundance of white flowers in midspring, but you won’t see fruit until autumn. The berries are so dark purple that they appear almost black.
Aronia fruits grow in North America in small bunches, much like blackcurrants, blueberries, and cranberries, but have earned the nicknames “apple berries” and “chokeberries” because they look more like stone fruit inside. There are two forms of chokeberry plants (Aronia melanocarpa); red and blue, though the blue is most common, and has the same blue-black shade of a blackberry. The fruits are about the same size as a blueberry, have a similar sharp taste to blackcurrants, and only contain 13 calories per 28g (fresh).
Traditionally, Native Americans used Aronia berries as a cold remedy, and likely found them an effective cure due to the berries’ richness in antioxidants, and current studies are showing that they have wide-spread health benefits (which you can read more about below).
Today, the world is facing a growing number of health concerns. From pollution to new and strange viruses, there are so many things out there that can harm the human body. The only way people can fight back against health issues is by taking responsibility for their welfare. They can do this by including health food in their diet. The human runs like a machine. As such, it needs fuel and maintenance to run properly. The issue humans face is there are good sources of fuel and maintenance, and bad sources of fuel and maintenance. Given the limited amount of information people have about nutrition and health food, it's difficult for most people to know the difference between good and bad. In our article we look at 10 healthy antioxidant foods, including the Aronia fruit.
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