Red fruits, also called fruits of the forest, are a group of fruits characterized precisely by the presence of such color on their skin or inside.
This color variety gives them a series of truly irresistible characteristics and qualities, associated with the presence of various substances that promote cardiovascular prevention and anti-aging, such as flavonoids, anthocyanins and antioxidant compounds in general.
Due to their nutritional composition these foods are not very caloric and, therefore, very suitable in hypocaloric diets. In addition, they are rich in food fiber and therefore collaborate in the regulation of gastrointestinal transit.
Its high content of vitamin C, provitamin A and flavonoids gives them the name of natural functional foods, which are those foods that in addition to their nutritional properties, have some component that makes their consumption beneficial to health.
These antioxidants work to prevent aging, so they fight effectively the constant aggressions of our environment.
Vitamin C is also a potent anti-infection agent, and both this and folic acid collaborate in the formation and maintenance of red blood cells and in the prevention of anemia.
Also, potassium, so abundant in these fruits, together with the large amount of water they contain, provides a diuretic effect.
Types of red fruits
Within the group of red fruits we can include: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (strawberries), cherries, currants and blackberries.
Optimum preservation of red fruits
Ideally, acquire this group of fruits when they are at an initiated maturity level or, if consumption is to be immediate, even advanced. You should store them in a refrigerator, or keep them away from heat and light.
In general, it is not convenient to strip them of their stem until you are going to chop them up for consumption. It is also advisable not to split them well in advance. Washing prior to consumption must be done thoroughly, but always with cold water and with the whole fruit, to prevent certain components from being lost in the water.