Photo by Joanna Kosinska
July is National Blueberry Month and July 8 is National Blueberry Day so what better time to enjoy those blueberries and see why they have earned the title of “superfood”.
- Low glycemic index
- High fiber content
- Low calorie(1 cup of blueberries(150 grams) provides about 84 calories)
- Rich in nutrients(high in vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, manganese, folic acid, potassium)
- High in water(about 85% water) so hydrating snack
Research has demonstrated health benefits
- High antioxidant properties-studies suggest blueberries contain the highest amount of antioxidants than other fruits and vegetables. They contain Polyphenols and Anthocyanins(responsible for blue color of blueberries)
- Protects bone health
- Improves cholesterol, is linked to reduced levels of LDL(bad cholesterol)
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Helps prevent heart disease
- Improves brain health
Get creative with those blueberries, eat them as a snack, make some nice blueberry desserts, add them to cereals, pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt, salads, smoothies, or something else. The important thing is reaping the benefits of blueberries while enjoying them.