Enjoy Blueberries

Blueberries are nature’s No. 1 source of antioxidants among more than 50 fresh fruits and vegetables tested by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.

The deep blue color of blueberries is from pigments, called anthocyanins that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that protect cells against damage by free radicals that form in the body. Uncontrolled free radical formation can cause cell damage that may lead to cancer, heart disease, inflammation and other health problems.

Blueberries are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. One-half cup of blueberries has only 42 calories.

Blueberries are well-adapted to many areas in the Southern United States. The rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei), so called because of the pink color of the berry as it ripens, is the species most successfully grown in the South. Breeding programs throughout the Southeastern United States have developed a number of highly productive varieties that produce large, juicy, aromatic berries with flavor comparable to that of berries grown in the traditional blueberry sections of the United States. More and more people are enthusiastically planting blueberry bushes, not only for home use, but for profit.


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One Response to “Enjoy Blueberries”

  1. allaboutblueberries Says:

    Reblogged this on AllAboutBlueberries and commented:

    Revisiting past posts for the newcomers.

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