More famously known perhaps as silkworm food, the mulberry tree is typically taken for granted. This is because of its association with silkworm culture. But many are not aware that we can also derive many medicinal and nutritional benefits from the mulberry's leaves and fruits. For one, the berry itself is uniquely delicious and packs many nutrients that are beneficial for our health. Mulberry is now being grown in worldwide, but many believe it originated in Asia, specifically China. It's a deciduous tree, meaning the tree sheds its leaves off annually. The broad leaves of the tree are frequently used in silkworm culture and are being studied for possible nutritional values. The berry grows fast and changes colors from white to pink to red and eventually dark purple.
The caloric contents of mulberries are approximately about 90% carbohydrates. One serving contains about 13 grams of carbohydrates, including 11 grams of natural sugar. When ingested, these sugars through digestion are then converted to glucose which is the body's primary energy source. Aside from this, one berry serving also contains around 3 grams of dietary fiber which is 6% of men's daily requirement and 10% for women. Fiber has many important roles in body functions. It improves control over blood sugar levels, and it swells in the stomach to make you feel fuller. This suppresses food craving, which also promotes weight loss. Also, it loosens the stool and gives it bulk to prevent constipation.
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