What are Mulberries? … Exactly!

I recently returned from a trip to Europe and discovered a new favorite dried fruit, the mulberry.  Although I have eaten fresh mulberries before, I was new to the dried version that I saw women eating everyday for breakfast, in their lunch and as a snack.  A friend of mine one morning made me coffee with a side of yogurt packed with honey, fresh mulberries and dried white mulberries. It was delicious. Who knew mulberries where a nutrient powerhouse?  I did some research and found out the benefits of dried mulberries and was amazed!

Mulberries are an excellent source of protein.  In fact just 3 ounces of mulberry has 9 grams of protein.
-mulberries are low in calories (just 43 calories per 100 g). They contain health promoting phyto-nutrient compounds like polyphenol pigment antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.

The antioxidants found in the mulberry have been shown to help repair and prevent free radical damage.  Resveratrol is thought to promote heart health and overall vitality and positive benefits in terms of longevity.

Mulberries are an excellent source of iron, which is a rare feature among berries, contain 1.85 mg/100 g of fruits (about 23% of RDI).

They are also good source of minerals like potassium, manganese, and magnesium.

They are rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K. Contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid. These vitamins are function as co-factors and help body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

 

In Turkey, mulberry molasses is used as a treatment for colds and flu. Their effectiveness in this way may be due to their high vitamin C content.
In several countries, mulberries are considered an effective remedy for prematurely gray hair.
Aside from the fact that mulberries are pretty much the best overall fruit for your body, they taste amazing and go well with so many meals… and in the chance where it might help reduce premature gray hair and help me not get the flu from everyone in the salon this season. I’m double dosing on dried mulberries all month!!
The photos are of the yogurt parfait my friend made me in London!
xoxo Mune

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