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What are aronia berries?
Are the just the latest “super-food”?
Also known as “choke berries” due to their incredibly tart, puckery taste, are native to northern North America. These blue-purple wonders are high in vitamin C; but their biggest claim to nutrition fame are the levels of polyphenols and anthocyanins. These are two types of antioxidants that fight free-radical damage in the body. Levels in aronia berries out-perform ALL other fruits, including blueberries & raspberries.
Chances are you won’t find them at your local grocery store, but they are available for on-line purchase in many forms; from jams & jellies to dried and powdered forms to add to recipes and smoothies.
On the surface you might think this is THE cure? Thus far, research with aronia berries has only been done on animals, so benefits on humans are unknown at this time.
Like any healthy food, they can be a great addition to your diet; but no one food can cure diseases.
TIPS for using aronia berries
For a quick smoothie mix
2 cups if your favorite yogurt with 1 cup frozen aronia berries in your blender, mixing until smooth.
Blog provided by Karen Foster, RD, LD