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It's berry season in many parts of the world and it's worth making the most of it as these tasty fruits provide a wide range of health benefits.
Did you know that strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges by weight? This essential nutrient is thought to keep your cells, skin and bones healthy. Studies suggest it may also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
And it’s not just strawberries you should be eating -- other berry varieties such as raspberries, blackberries and blueberries all offer many health benefits.
Berries are a good source of fibre, and eating them can leave you feeling fuller for longer, which can help prevent weight gain.
Blueberries are also high in certain compounds that may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
To get all the health benefits from berries, eat a variety of different types. You should generally aim to eat at least 2 portions of fruit each day -- 7 strawberries or other berries count as 1 portion.
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