Berries Galore

Quick now!  Which has more carbohydrate per serving?  Cherries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries?

Don’t worry about fiber carbs since those are not digested.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, here are the digestible carb counts in one cup:

  • Sweet raw cherries:  19 g
  • Raw blueberries:  18 g
  • Raw blackberries:  6 g
  • Raw raspberries:  7 g

To determine digestible carb counts, I take the total carb grams in a serving and subtract the fiber grams.  Not exactly rocket science.

These carb counts are not obvious to most people.  If you’re trying to limit your carb consumption, you need a database like the USDA’s.  The pocket-sized carb-count guides are handy for some.  Most are based on the USDA database. 

My wife is getting some great deals right now on fresh berries and cherries at Sam’s Club.  We’re enjoying them while they last.

Steve Parker, M.D.


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3 responses to “Berries Galore

  1. Makes sense as any southerner can tell you the hazards of eating blackberry cobbler with all those parts getting stuck in your teeth.

  2. Steve Parker, M.D.

    I remember picking wild blackberries on the edge of Pensacola Bay, my dog TJ with me. She ate the berries right off the bush. They went in one end of her GI tract and out the other in about 20 minutes.

    We made cobbler with ours. Great with vanilla ice cream.


  3. Vivian

    Darn! In the exact opposite order I hoped for… I’m going to eat the cherries any way.