Blueberries are Among Top Health Foods


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.

LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames explains 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’ deep blue color comes from pigments called anthocyanins that act as antioxidants. Blueberries also are a good source of vitamin C and fiber. One-half cup of blueberries has only 42 calories.

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