The Skinny on Blueberries…

 

 

With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits:

Blueberries are packed with vitamin C.

In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C – almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system.

Blueberries are dynamos of dietary fiber.

Research has shown that most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets. Eating foods high in fiber will help keep you regular, your heart healthy and your cholesterol in check. A handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirement. What a tasty way to eliminate this worry from your day!

Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese.

Manganese plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into to energy – a perfect job for blueberries.

Blueberries contain substances that have antioxidant properties

Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Substances in blueberries called polyphenols, specifically the anthocyanins that give the fruit its blue hue, are the major contributors to antioxidant activity.

Get the lowdown on blueberry nutrition here, and get information about the health benefits of blueberries from the Blueberry Council.

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Posted on July 17, 2012, in Ramblings and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I’m trying to eat blueberries every day. The problem is my favorite way to eat them is on top of crumbled blueberry muffin. Once a week I get a blueberry muffin plus my blueberries and try to make it last all day. Not a good plan, I know, but I’m also incorporating blueberries into yogurt as well as eating by hand. Just trying to load up on them as much as I can.

  2. So delicious and so satisfying. Isn’t it wonderful that they’re’ also so darned good for you?!

  3. I’ve been bringing a little baggie of blueberries to work as a snack, along with my carrots and grapes… Having the fruit available is really helpful when I feel like I need something sweet…

  4. I’ll be enjoying blueberries tonight with dinner. 🙂

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  6. Thank you for your posting. Blueberries are a great antioxidant also. Good health through vitamins and proper nutrition with antioxidants like blueberries should be a great start.

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