Currants are available as red, black or white. Blackcurrants are the most common and they provide the maximum vitamin C content with 155-215mg. White and red currants provide 41-81mg, dried currants provide only 3mg per 100g. The recommended dietary intake of vitamin C for adults is approx.30-40mg per day and during pregnancy 60mg are required. Blackcurrants are the third best food source of natural vitamin C and the benefits for the immune system and other body systems are numerous. (Refer to the section entitled as Vitamin C for details.) Vitamin C is required every day. It is an antioxidant and it protects tissues from free radical damage. Vitamin C promotes fat metabolism and is vital for the eyes, teeth and bones. A handful of blackcurrants will provide an incredible boost to your immune system Blackcurrant syrup can be a good provider of the vitamin C benefits and possibly the other benefits below, but check the label for additives.
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Blackcurrants provide exceptional antioxidant activity: they supply nearly double the value of blueberries in anthocyanin content and polyphenols, with the colour to match the power. The anthocyanin power of currants, especially blackcurrants, will destroy free radicals and protect the immune system Anthocyanins are very effective in locating free radicals and destroying their functions. Anthocyanins also reduce the risk of cholesterol particles attaching to arterial walls, something that can eventually lead to high blood pressure and strokes. For smokers, blackcurrants or blackcurrant syrup is very beneficial. Blackcurrants are also an excellent source of flavonoids, they supply a fair amount of iron (2.3mg), calcium (87mg – dried) and vitamin A (230 IU), carotene power and potassium (322mg). Dried blackcurrants are a great sweet. Blackcurrants are pure antioxidant power: count on it, ready when you are, coming ready or not, to rid the body of free radicals!
NOTE: d.v. refers to the daily value for women 25-50 years, refer to RDI chart for adult male and child values.
GLYCEMIC CALORIES – total: 282 kcal. per 100 grams
INDEX: 103 Calories from: Carb: 270 Protein: 8 Fat: 3