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Blueberries – Nutrition Information

Several studies show that blueberries are good for memory. In fact, in some parts of the world, they are made into a juice and consumed by the glass full!  Blueberries have consistently been ranked amongst the top fruits to eat, only second to strawberries.

Benefits of Blueberries

  • A preliminary study done on the benefits of blueberry supplementation for memory in 2010.  The results of this study showed that blueberry intake can be beneficial in the improvement of  memory;1
  • Blueberries contain an assortment of important antioxidants.  These include anthocyanins, Vitamins C and E. Antioxidants help protect your cells against the damaging effects of free radicals.
  • Research shows that blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity
  • Berries have a low glycaemic index (GI).  Measuring the GI levels of foods is a common way in which to identify which foods have a negative impact on your blood sugar level once you’ve consumed and digested that food.  Foods with a low GI, such as blueberries, are considered to have favourable impact on blood sugar levels.  This is especially important for those with diabetes.
  • Anthocyanins found in blueberries have been shown to support eye health.

Select and Store

  • Choose blueberries that are well rounded and bright in colour.  Avoid blueberries that are dull in colour and moist. This may indicate mould.
  • Store blueberries loosely in a covered container in the refrigerator where they will store for up to three days.
  • Research shows that you can freeze blueberries without damaging their nutrient content.  Frozen blueberries will store for up to 4 months. Frozen blueberries can also be found in the freezer section of your local supermarket or health food store.
  • Store blueberries unwashed and wash them gently under cold water just prior to consumption.

Serving Ideas

  • Add blueberries to your health shake in the morning for a quick hit of taste and antioxidants.
  • Blueberries add a bit of colour to your cereal in the mornings.
  • For a delicious desert, layer Greek or plain yoghurt with blueberries and top with pure maple syrup.

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