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Blueberries

October 22, 2014

Product Highlight-Blueberries

I considered these berries the best snacking option this summer and I still keep a batch in the freezer to take me into the colder season where blueberries will definitely serve as the quintessential ingredient in (pan)cakes and muffins and of course, as a great addition to smoothies. Read on for some more info and why you should incorporate blueberries to your diet whenever you can.

  • The plant is a deciduous shrub belonging within the family of Ericaceae, of the genus Vaccinium
  • Blueberries are at their best from June until August
  • These berries are very low in calories. 100 g fresh berries provide a mere 57 calories and are highest in antioxidants of all fresh fruit
  • The chlorogenic acid in blueberries help lower blood sugar levels and control blood-glucose levels in type-II diabetes
  • They contain a good amount of minerals like potassium (helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure), manganese, copper (production of red blood cells), iron (red blood cell formation) and zinc
  • Blueberries, like cranberries, contain compounds that prevent bacteria from adhering to bladder walls, which helps ward off urinary-tract infections (UTI’s)

Tip: Look for fresh berries that are firm, plump, smooth-skinned, with a silver-gray surface bloom. Buy deep purple-blue to blue-black berries

Tip: They are better eaten fresh after washing in cold water. If taken out from the fridge, place them in a bowl of water to bring to normal room temperature to enrich their flavor

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