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Blueberries: Tiny Berries, Big Benefits

Blueberries
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Almost every morning, I eat steel cut oatmeal with a handful of blueberries for breakfast.  I am a big fan of blueberries.  They add a lot to my breakfast.  They make my breakfast taste great because they’re mildly sweet and flavorful.  Plus, they are bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making blueberries one of the top health foods out there.

Why are blueberries so healthy?
A cup of fresh blueberries has about 80 calories and is a great source of vitamin C, almost one third of your daily requirement, manganese, vitamin E and dietary fiber.  In addition, blueberries are loaded with antioxidant phytonutrients, which are plant compounds that may prevent disease.  In fact, eating a cup of fresh blueberries will provide you with more antioxidant activity then most other fruits and vegetables.  If that’s not enough of a reason to eat blueberries, here are a few more reasons to convince you:

  1. Promotes urinary tract health: May help prevent urinary tract infections.
  2. Prevents certain kinds of cancer: Studies have shown that eating blueberries may reduce the risk of colon and ovarian cancer.
  3. Lowers cholesterol: Blueberries contains soluble fiber which acts as an agent to lower cholesterol.
  4. Improves brain function: Eating a diet rich in blueberries may improve short term memory and motor skills and may reduce the effects of age related brain function impairments, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Where can I add blueberries to my diet?
Blueberries are really a wonderful treat that can be served in many different dishes.  Here are just a few serving suggestions:

  1. Cereals or oatmeal: Add a handful to your bowl in the morning.  It really is a nice, tasty addition!
  2. Fruit salads: Blueberries taste great in any fruit salad.
  3. Yogurts: Buy plain lowfat or nonfat yogurt and add blueberries.  It’s a much healthier choice than buying yogurt with fruit already added.
  4. Muffins, pies or pancakes: Stir blueberries into your muffin mix, make a blueberry pie or use them in or on top of pancakes.

Blueberries are really a wonderful health food.  They are low in calories and are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Plus they taste good in so many dishes.  So, tomorrow morning add some blueberries to your breakfast.  They taste great!  See?  You can enjoy being healthy.

Comments (5)

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  1. Wow great information! I should eat more – but my toddler is in love with them and eats them almost every day. If I were to take some from him he’d have a fit! Glad to know he has good healthy taste so early!

  2. Maria Isabel says:

    Dear Talli:
    It was great hearing how wonderful and full of benefits blueberries are. We always have to find foods that can help improve our health. thanks again for the wonderful information.

  3. Mark Salinas says:

    Blueberries are VERY popular in our home!

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  5. Kathy says:

    I just started eating blueberries when I want something sweet. I just never understood why they have that mat look to the skin like grapes have. Is that natural or from pesticides? That’s the reason they never attracted me before.

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