What are blueberries?
Blueberries are a fruit that’s closely related to several other berries – cranberries, bilberries and huckleberries.
Blueberries tend to be slightly juicy and have their own distinctive taste that’s not overpowering, with a hint of sweetness.
Antioxidants in blueberries
While most foods containing a high level of antioxidants are considered ‘superfoods’, there is no clear definition of the term.
However, blueberries contain one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants in any fruit, making them an excellent choice for topping your breakfast, adding to salads or snacking on throughout the day.
Their vibrant purple colour, which is the result of naturally occurring compounds called phytochemicals, goes hand-in-hand with their antioxidant value.
Blueberries, like many other berries, contain high levels of Vitamin C which has many essential functions in our bodies. They include protecting cells and keeping them healthy, maintaining healthy skin, blood, and bones and helping our immune system function normally.
You should be able to get all the Vitamin C you need by eating a healthy and balanced diet. Since our bodies can’t store this essential vitamin, you’ll need to make sure you’re getting it in your diet every day. Eating a handful of blueberries is a delicious way to achieve this.
Low in calories
Low in calories but high in nutrients, blueberries are a fantastic way for dieters to enjoy something sweet. These delicious berries are a satisfying and healthy dessert choice, whether you eat them on their own, in a fruit salad, or whipped into a tasty smoothie.
Studies have found there is a link between berries or flavonoid-rich foods and good heart health.
This is due to their ability to inhibit the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, a key contributor to heart disease.