What is the difference between chokeberries (aronia) and chokecherries?

What is the difference between chokeberries (aronia) and chokecherries?

Chokeberries or Chokecherries, so… which one is the Aronia berry?  We take a deeper look at the differences between the two plants and why the Aronia berry variety is popular with our health-conscious friends.

aronia berry being picked

Black chokeberry is one of the common names for Aronia Melanocarpa. The name “chokeberry” can easily be misunderstood as the word “chokecherry.” Chokecherry is the common name for a different plant, prunus virginiana. In fact, the two plants are only distantly related to the rose family of plants. These two species have some similarities but many differences. For example, chokecherry has toxicity issues but the chokeberry does not.

What are Aronia Berries?

Aronia berries, or chokeberries, are small, dark fruits that grow on shrubs from the Rosaceae family.

Native to North America the berries were used traditionally as a cold remedy by Native Americans.  The plants are popular and also grown in other parts of the world, including across Europe.

The berries have a strong mouth-drying effect and a poor taste on their own.  This is why they’re mainly used to make juices, purées, jams, jellies, syrups, teas, and wines – typically sweetened for taste.

All BioVi’s products contain a daily dose of the Aronia berry, including our capsules, softchews, and tablets.

Aronia Berry Nutrition

Aronia berries are low in calories but have a strong nutritional punch as they are high in fiber, vitamin C, and manganese.

Just 1 ounce (28 grams) of Aronia berries provides the following nutrients:

Calories: 13
Protein: 2 grams
Fat: 0 gram
Carbs: 12 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Vitamin C: 10% of the Daily Value (DV)
Manganese: 9% of the DV
Vitamin K: 5% of the DV

The berries also supply folate, iron, and vitamins A and E.

Biovi aronia ORAC valuesAn excellent source of beneficial antioxidants, Aronia berries have a high ORAC or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity value.  A food’s ORAC value is determined by a lab test that attempts to quantify the "total antioxidant capacity" (TAC) of a food by placing a sample of the food in a test tube, along with certain molecules that generate free radical activity and certain other molecules that are vulnerable to oxidation.

Potential Health Benefits of Aronia Berries (Part 1)The compounds in the berries help protect your cells from potentially harmful molecules called free radicals. Test-tube studies indicate that the antioxidants in Aronia berries can inhibit free radical activity. The fruits are particularly high in anthocyanins, which give the berries their dark blue to black color. 

Aronia berries have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This may protect your cells from damage and benefit your health in many ways. Aronia berries pack high levels of antioxidants.

These compounds defend your cells from damage caused by free radicals. A buildup of free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic conditions, such as heart disease and cancer.

Aronia berries are an excellent source of polyphenols, which is a group of antioxidants that includes phenolic acids, anthocyanins, and flavanols.

Moreover, test-tube studies have linked the antioxidants in these fruits to other impressive health benefits, such as decreased inflammation, as well as reduced bacterial and cancer cell growth.

Conclusion

Aronia berries have lots of potential health benefits and should be a part of your daily diet.  BioVi chose Aronia as an additive to its unique probiotic blend for its superior supplemental value and antioxidant properties.

Stay tuned for more major Aronia benefits, BioVi recipes, and more!

You can check out our latest smoothie recipe with cauliflower here.

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