SFPT is looking forward to the open day this Saturday, 21st September 10.00 – 13.00 at Fromus Valley.  We have just tested the blackberries in the garden and they are perfect – so you should be able to collect plenty for your crumble or jam this Saturday.  Blackberries are very good for you – as well as being a great butterfly attractor in our hedgerows this summer:

While at their peak season, indulge in blackberries for a nutritious snack or dessert. One cup of fresh blackberries has 62 calories, 1 gram of fat, 15 carbohydrates, 8 grams of fibre, 2 grams of protein and only 1 mg of sodium. Here are the top 10 health benefits of eating blackberries

1. Blackberries are one of the top ten foods containing antioxidants.

2. Blackberries are packed with polyphenols helping to prevent cancer and heart disease.

3. Blackberries are filled with anthocyanins (antioxidants which give blackberries their deep purple colour) which help in memory retention and the risk of hypertension.

4. Blackberries are said to strengthen blood vessels, help fight heart disease and help improve eyesight.

5. The high tannin content of blackberries help tighten tissue, relieve intestinal inflammation, and help reduce haemorrhoids and stomach disorders.

6. Ohio State University found that blackberries may protect against oesophageal cancer, a cancer caused by gastric reflux disease.

7. Blackberries have shown to protect against other types of cancers. They contain phytoestrogens (plant oestrogens), a compound believed to play a vital role in preventing breast and cervical cancer.

8. Blackberries are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Manganese and fibre.

9. The high fibre content of blackberries help reduce risk of intestinal disease and the risk of developing diabetes.

10. They are a great way to refuel after a hard workout and help aid in fighting obesity.

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