Why Are Blackberries Good for Me?

From the WebMD Archives

By Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN

Berries are an MVP in my nutrition playbook. High in antioxidants, fiber and flavor, they won’t let you down. Blackberries grow on thorny bushes in Asia, North and South America and across Europe, and they're ripe for the picking in late summer through the fall.

Are you champing at the bit to eat some yet? I know I am. Ever wonder why all those little seeds get stuck in your teeth? Technically, the blackberry isn’t a true berry, but actually an aggregate fruit. This means that it is composed of many small fruits, each containing one pit.

Grab some dental floss, because these little guys are totally worth it. The dark color of the berry comes from the pigment anthocyanin, an antioxidant that has the power to reduce inflammation and even help prevent cancer.

Headed to the beach anytime soon? The large amount of vitamin C in blackberries can help protect your skin from ultraviolet rays and may even lessen the appearance of wrinkles. And on top of all that, one cup of blackberries is less than 65 calories! Aside from eating them straight out of the carton (or off the bush), you can try coating them with low-fat Greek yogurt and freezing them for a cooling and healthful snack.

Next time you make salmon, use blackberries as a fun garnish, or mash a handful into your homemade balsamic dressing. Don’t let the most popular berries in the crowd -- strawberries and blueberries -- distract you from these nutritious gems!