Did you know that July is Blueberry Month?
I just love when there’s a whole month for celebrating yummy foods instead of just a one day holiday!
I bought some blueberries at the grocery store and have been enjoying them in my cereal, in my wine (it makes me feel fancy), and on their own. I’m also looking forward to going blueberry picking – maybe next weekend?
But I also figured we could celebrate blueberries here so let’s start with talking about the basics.
What food group do blueberries belong to?
Honestly, if you get this one wrong, you need to go back to first grade.
Was that too mean?
I speak the truth.
Blueberries are a fruit.
And, the amount of fruit you need to eat depends on age, sex, and level of physical activity but most adults should be eating about 1.5 to 2 cups per day. Why not include 1/2 cup of blueberries?
Fun fact: Blueberries are the second most commonly eaten berry in the U.S.
Blueberry Nutrition Facts
Like most fruit, blueberries are naturally low in calories, sodium, sugar, and fat, and are cholesterol-free.
Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin K, a very good source of manganese and vitamin C, and a good source of fiber. In addition, blueberries are phytonutrient superstars with significant amounts of anthocyanins – the antioxidant compounds that give blueberries their distinctive color.
Plain English Summary: Blueberries are little blue dynamos of nutrition!
What are the health benefits of blueberries?
Heart health: Researchers found that blueberry supplementation reduced blood cholesterol levels and may reduce risk from cardiovascular disease.
Antioxidant support: Wild blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity per serving, compared with more than 20 other fruits.
Brain health: A diet of blueberries may improve motor skills and reverse short-term memory loss that comes with aging.
Cancer prevention: Studies conducted at North Carolina State University indicate that compounds in wild blueberries may be effective inhibitors of the initiation and promotion stages of cancer.
Urinary tract health: Research has show that blueberries, like cranberries, contain compounds that prevent the bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections from attaching to the bladder wall.