Blueberries are considered one of the “Super foods”. I’ve been eating them every day for a few years now and here are 8 facts and reasons why you should consider doing so as well:
Blueberries can reduce cancer: The color of blueberry’s skin comes from the presence of anthocynanins, a family of antioxidants thought to reduce the risk of cancer.
They are grown close to home: Blueberries are grown across the USA with New York and New Jersey being two of the top producers in the nation. This ensures fresh berries all summer.
They are naturally blue: Blueberries are one of the only naturally blue foods and were used as dyes by early colonists.
Protected by the bloom: Blueberries display a pale, waxy coating on their skin called “the Bloom”. The bloom serves as a protective barrier from bacteria while sealing in moisture. Though safe to eat, you should always wash the outside of the berries before eating to prevent spoilage.
Can feed to pets in small amounts: Not only are blueberries a sweet treat for humans, pets can enjoy them too! The occasional fresh blueberry makes an excellent low-calorie treat for both cats and dogs.
Good alternative for diabetics: Blueberries are great for fruit-loving diabetics because they boast a low glycemic index and are packed with vitamins and fiber!
Size matters: The size of the blueberry can indicate how they are best served. For instance, large blueberries are best when eaten fresh and smaller sized berries are ideal for use in cooking or baking.
Wild is a good thing for summer ice cream: Wild blueberries have about half the sugar of regular blueberries and a more concentrated flavor. Mixing them with sweet cream makes the perfect combination for this summer’s blueberry ice cream!