Berries for the Kaufmann Diet
Almost unilaterally, we are told we need to eat more fruit. Fruits and vegetables contain an important array of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, not to mention an abundance of fiber––all things that promote health and would likely be beneficial to most people’s diets.
While some fruits are encouraged on the Kaufmann diet, many are eliminated due to the sugar content. Sugar, of course, is fungi’s food of choice, and even though fruit contains a wide array of healthy compounds, the sugar content in many fruits precludes them from being encouraged on The Kaufmann anti-fungal program.
One exception to this is berries. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and tart varieties of cherries are good options for getting an abundance of fruit in the diet.
Fresh berries are often seasonably available in their fresh form, but often, you can get frozen berries year round. Do not be afraid of frozen berries, or freezing fresh berries; many studies have confirmed that freezing berries preserves their inherent nutrition rather than ruining it. You can enjoy berries fresh and raw by themselves, mixed in with salads, or blended into a smoothie. You will be getting an abundance of nutrition that confers many health benefits; many of the nutrients inherent in berries are anti-fungal, so they should be enjoyed guilt-free on The Kaufmann Diet.
Blueberries are considered a superfood; blueberries contain antioxidants that are known to do everything from protect against cancer and heart disease to prevent aging. They are rich in vitamin C, K, manganese, and fiber.
Blackberries are rich in a number of variety of nutrients, including vitamin C, K, and manganese. One cup of blackberries has over 30mg of vitamin C while only containing 64 calories. Blackberries are high in fiber and antioxidants as well.
Raspberries are rich in fiber, making them a good option for The Kaufmann Diet; 1 cup has 8g of fiber. They are low in calories and high in magnesium and calcium and an array of anti-oxidants.
Strawberries are rich in magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and are a great source of vitamin C. They are low in calories and high in fiber.
Tart cherries are thought to confer a number of health benefits. Tart cherry juice is used by athletes for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Tart cherries are high in vitamin A, C, manganese, and potassium. They are lower in sugar than sweet cherries, making them a good option for The Kaufmann Diet.