The Facts About Blueberries!
We’ve been eating them for 13,000 years now but never have we grown so many. In 2019 Australian farmers harvested 17,000 tonnes of fresh Blueberries with an approximate farm gate value of $A310 million. Bought frozen or eaten fresh from the tree, Blueberries are without doubt beneficial to our health and growing in popularity. Just how useful they are is the question.
So let’s take a look at just why they call Blueberries “Superfood”
- The wonderful Blue colouring derives from a compound called anthocyanin which is attributed to many of the health benefits.
- A cup of Blueberries provides a person the equivalent to 24 percent of the recommended daily (adult) allowance of vitamin C.
- Blueberries are convenient and able to be prepared in many ways. From pancake topping and jams, to smoothie ingredients and even eaten alone.
- Blueberries contain Vitamin K, which can conflict with blood thinning medications such as warfarin.
- Blueberries are known to reinvigorate our bone health and skin viscosity.
- Heart and blood pressure can benefit from consumption of Blueberries on a regular basis.
- Last but by no means least. Diabetes management, cancer prevention, and mental health are known beneficiaries of the Blue Berry.
A single cup of fresh Blueberries provides us:
- 3.6 g of dietary fiber
- 0 g of cholesterol
- 84 calories
- 1.1 g of protein
- 0.49 g of fat
- 21.45 g of carbohydrate
- 14.74 g of total sugars
That same serving of Blueberries includes:
- 5 percent of daily vitamin B6
- 24 percent of daily vitamin C
- 36 percent of daily vitamin K
Holy Blueberry, there’s more:
- 18 mg of phosphorus
- 0.41 mg of iron
- 114 mg of potassium
- 9 mg of magnesium
- 9 milligrams (mg) calcium
- 18 mg of phosphorus
- 1 mg of sodium
- 0.24 mg of zinc
- 9 mg of folate
Grab a Punnet and Win Good Health
Fresh Australian Blueberries are at peak availability between October to February. Prices range from AUD$2.00 for a “fresh” punnet at your local Woolworth’s to just under AUD$10.00 for the “Organic” option in equivalent weight of 125 grams, being sold by Organic Delivery Sydney.
No wonder Blueberries are the most recommended of all so called ‘superfoods’ by practitioners of all types including GP”s. Blueberries are safe for most people, easy to prepare, taste great and provide an affordable snack alternative to processed foods, sweets or sugary drinks.
Conclusion: There is no doubt more research is needed. For example the question about the effects on Blueberries when frozen is still not determined. Despite that, look at those lists above and you come to the conclusion that they are worth adding to the menu.
So it’s Blueberries on breakfast cereals over here ! I hope you enjoyed reading this short informative post just like I did writing it.
Author: Guy Saywell
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