With flavours ranging from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional stars bursting with nutrition and flavour while being very low in calories.
1 cup serving (125g)
Vitamin C 25% daily requirement
Dietary fibre 20%
Vitamin E 10%
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 8%
Calories (81) 4%
Packed with antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanins, blueberries neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer. They also fight sun damage to skin and may thwart the effects of Alzheimer’s and other age-related diseases. Blueberries also contain 6ug./100g of folic acid. Folic acid benefits the fetus during pregnancy and may help guard against cervical cancer.
Researchers at Tufts University, USA, focused on the antioxidant characteristics of 40 different fruits and vegetables, particularly the phytochemicals called flavonoids. And blueberries came out tops. One serving of blueberries provides as many antioxidants as 5 servings of carrots, apples, broccoli and squash.
Blueberries may also be effective at lowering cholesterol and have fewer side effects than commercial drugs.
So blueberries taste great and are very healthy.