July 11th, 2013

Blueberries

blueberries Native to North America and Europe, there are over thirty different species of blueberries worldwide. Consumed by man since prehistoric times, blueberries were popular among Native American tribes. Today, blueberries are rarely found in the wild, and are largely commercially cultivated.

Nutritional Highlights:

• Blueberries are a fantastic source of flavonoids, especially anthocyanidins, which is responsible for the blue and purple pigments of the berry.
• Blueberries are also a good source of vitamin C and E, manganese, riboflavin soluble fiber, and insoluble fiber.
• A 3½-ouce serving is only 57 calories.

Health Benefits:

• Rich in anthocyanidins, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capabilities of any other fruits and vegetables.
• Blueberries’ antioxidant properties have been shown to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, improve vision, help the digestive system, and protect against macular degeneration.
• They have also been shown to prevent varicose veins, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections, and peptic ulcers.

Blueberries are very easy to add to any meal. Try adding them to your cereal in the morning, having them as a snack during the day, or topping your desert with them! They are a great addition to any smoothie, and a sure way to add a sweet and nutritious food to your day!