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Blackberry Almond Honey Fruit Leather ~ Gourmet Edition ~

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I have blackberries coming out of my ears!  It’s a little itchy but I am loving it.  I have a fruit fetish that is right up there with my shoe fetish.  The thing about blackberries is that it is so amazing that something that tastes so good can be so good for you.  Let’s look at just a few wonderful health benefits they have…

Skin Health
As are all berries, blackberries are a great source of ellagic acid, an antioxidant shown to protect the skin from damage from ultraviolet light. Studies have also shown that ellagic acid may also repair skin damaged by the sun. Vitamin C helps heal wounds, and studies also show vitamin C may even lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Studies of cyanidin-3-glucoside, a compound found in blackberries showed it prevents skin cancer by inhibiting tumors from growing and spreading.

Eye Health
Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant in blackberries and one cup contains half of the daily recommendation of vitamin C. The body uses vitamin C for protection from immune system deficiencies, and may reduce the chances of macular degeneration, a condition in which fine vision deteriorates, resulting in central vision loss and is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50.

Women’s Health
Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring plant estrogens found in blackberries that may help relieve the common symptoms of PMS like bloating, food cravings, and even menopausal symptoms including hot flashes.

Digestive Tract Health
Just one cup of blackberries contains over thirty percent of the daily recommended amount of fiber, which promotes healthy digestion and aids in maintaining bowel regularity by bulking up the feces and reducing the time it takes matter to pass all the way through the intestines. Bowel regularity is commonly associated with a decreased risk for colon cancer.  {source}

 Ingredients: yields 4 cup

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2 thoughts on “Blackberry Almond Honey Fruit Leather ~ Gourmet Edition ~

  1. Brittany says:

    How in the world do you grow blackberries in Tucson?? I can’t even grow lettuce in Miami AZ… I must have a black thumb! I envy your home-grown fruit!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Brittany… all the fruit that we grow is in Oregon, where we now reside permanently. We use to go back and forth between AZ and OR but as of last month, we are staying close to home in OR. :) I agree, I can’t imagine anyone growing blackberries in AZ. hehe Have a wonderful evening, amie sue

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