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Blackcurrant

Blackcurrant

The blackcurrant is the fruit of a small shrub belonging to the Grossulariaceae family. This small, 5-6 feet tall, deciduous shrub grows best in warmer regions where the temperature is hot during the day but cold during the night. The berries grow in small bunches and generally grow to a size of about 1 cm in diameter, the fruits are dark purple in colour to the point of almost being black. It is this beautifully deep and vibrant colour that is responsible for the rich antioxidant properties that the fruits contain.

Black currants contain high amounts of anthocyanins, antioxidants from the flavonoid group, which can help protect against a variety of cancers and degenerative conditions, including arthritis, cancer, early ageing and neurological diseases. Black currants are a great tasty source of Vitamin C and vitamin A but they are also a good source of minerals too. 100g of berries provides 9.5 % of your daily requirement of copper, whilst 19.5% of your daily needs of iron will be taken care of if you eat the same 100g.

Eat them whole and as nature intended or give a smoothie a nutrient boost and a lovely blue colour with these beauties. You can also juice blueberries but you would need quite an amount to get a good juice yield and then the astringent taste, due to the anthocyanins, would be over powering for most. I like to sprinkle these in a salad and eat them at any meal time, including dinner!

 ORAC value 7950

Nutritional Data

NutritionPer 100g% RDA
Energy63 Kcal3%
Carbohydrates15.38 Kcal12%
Protein1.4 g2.5%
Total Fat0.42 mg2 %
Cholesterol0 g0%
Dietary Fiber4.3 g11%

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Vitamin A

NutritionPer 100g% RDA
Folates8 µg 2%
Niacin0.300 mg2%
Pantothenic acid0.398mg8%
Pyridoxine0.066 mg%
Riboflavin0.050 mg4%
Thiamin0.050 mg4%
Vitamin A230IU7.5%
Vitamin C181 mg301%
Vitamin Emg%
Vitamin K µg%

Minerals

Minerals

Minerals

MineralsPer 100g% RDA
Calcium55 mg5.5%
Copper0.086 mg9.5%
Iron1.54 mg19.5%
Magnesium24 mg6%
Manganese0.256 mg11%
Phosphorus59 mg8%
Flouridemcg/
Seleniummcg%
Zinc0.27 mg2%

Electrolytes

ElectrolytesPer 100g% RDA
Sodium2 mg0%
Potassium322 mg7%

Phytonutrients

Phytonutrients Per 100g% RDA
Alpha-caroteneug_ _
Beta-Carotene µg_ _
crypto-xanthin-ß µg_ _
Lutein-zeaxanthin µg_ _
Lycopene ug_ _
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