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“I found my thrill, on Blueberry Hill”… this takes on a whole new meaning when you consider these are a power house of SOOOOO good for you!
To get scientific for a moment, the same flavanoid, anthocyanin, that gives cranberries, red cabbage and eggplant their red & purple hues, is also found in blueberries. Research suggests that anthocyanins may play a role in reducing the risk of cognitive decline, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
So what other good stuff can these berries do, you ask?
Bone Heath – they contain vitamin K, zinc, manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous &
iron, all important players in maintaining bone structure & strength.
Good Source of Fiber – helping you feel full longer, as well as, promoting a healthy digestive
Gallic Acid – a component of blueberries, not widely recognized. Research indicates Gallic acid to be a
powerful anti fungal/antiviral agent, as well as, an anti-oxidant.
To get practical, blueberries are a versatile menu item. You can add them to almost anything from salads to breakfast breads. They also make a great addition to smoothies.
Try out this recipe for Pumpkin Blueberry Pancakes.
Total Time: 15 minutes
Blog provided by: Karen Foster, RD, LD