The power of ‘Blue’
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.
Nutrients in fresh blueberries:
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.
We’ve established that blueberries are good for us, but they are even healthier if they are grown organically.
Growing blueberries organically means no use of herbicide, pesticide, genetically modified inputs and chemical fertilisers. All products used are from natural sources.
A survey by the US Dept of Agriculture in 2002 showed that 73 percent of conventional crops contained at least one pesticide residue. Conventional crops were six times more likely to have multiple pesticide residues. Over 90 percent of conventional apples, peaches, pears, strawberries and celery were contaminated.
But research shows that organic fruit and vegetables actually have more nutrients than conventional.
In a study of organic versus conventional fruits, vegetables and grains, V Worthington showed that organic crops showed significantly more vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and significantly less nitrates than conventional crops. There were non significant trends showing less protein but of a better quality and a higher content of nutritionally significant minerals with lower amounts of some heavy metals in organic crops compared with conventional ones.
Organic certification is a process which assures the consumer that growing standards have been met.
So make sure that you buy certified organic blueberries.
Below are some interesting results relating to research being done on the health benefits on blueberries – truely natures Superfruit!
Over several decades our family run team at Monavale Blueberries have developed sustainable land management practices that make our organic blueberries sweeter, more nutritious and flavourful. Because of the way we grow our berries they have a longer shelf life and have higher levels of nutrients and antioxidants.
We take pride in what we produce here at Monavale Blueberries, and work hard daily to bring the most nutritious and delicious organic blueberries and organic blueberry products to the consumer. Our name, passion and reputation goes in and on every product that we produce, so you can be sure you are buying quality.