Monday, March 10, 2008

Blueberries



Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month ? This got me thinking about foods I love that are great for your health. At the top of my list is blueberries. My daughter and I just love to sit and eat a bowl of blueberries. Thanks to my mother-in-law we have enough each summer to freeze for the whole year. Blueberries are so easy to freeze. Just put them in a freezer bag without washing them. When you are ready to eat them pull out the amount you want and wash them well. They thaw quickly so in a few minutes they are ready to eat.

With more antioxidant muscle power than most other fruits, berries strengthen tissue defenses against oxidation and inflammation, which are underlying factors in most age-related diseases, from heart disease and cancer to Alzheimers. For example, substances in blueberries help with short-term memory loss associated with aging. All berries help lower risk for breast, oral, and colon cancers in women. Blueberries are a rich source of plant compounds (phytonutrients). As with cranberries, phytonutrients in blueberries may help prevent urinary tract infections. Blueberries are also a low-calorie source of fiber and vitamin C - 1 cup of fresh blueberries has 83 calories, 3.5 grams of fiber and 14 mg of vitamin C. So the next time your reaching for a snack do yourself a favor and grab a bowl of blueberries.

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