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Why You Should Include Blueberries In Your Diet

By pam 

Blueberries and a Mango on a Plate are in season right now. This is the time when you can include them in your everyday diet.

As you well know, blueberries are an important part of your healthy diet; mainly because of its nutritional properties that protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals and chronic diseases. It is also widely known for its anti-aging properties.

No wonder Health Castle has chosen blueberries as food of the month.

Blueberries are a great source of fiber, a good source of antioxidant, Vitamins C and E, and manganese – a mineral that helps activate many important metabolic enzymes in our bodies. Additionally, the berries are chock-full of powerful phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, which are strong antioxidants (and give the berries their trademark bluish-purple hue). They also enhance the effects of Vitamin C.

Nutrition Tidbits for Blueberries

  • One cup of blueberries contains:
    • Calories: 84 kcal
    • Fat: 0.5 g
    • Carbohydrates: 21.4 g
    • Protein: 1.1 g
    • Fiber: 3.6 g
    • Glycemic Index (GI): Low (below 55)

Here are some of the ways to include blueberries in your diet:

  • Add them to smoothies, granola, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, or salads
  • Use them in homemade popsicles for a cool treat
  • When making rice pudding, replace raisins with blueberries (add them in towards the end of cooking)
  • Add blueberries to homemade iced tea, or mash them up and mix them with sparkling water and lemon juice

You might also want to try any of these blueberries recipes:

Image by ::: Billie / PartsnPieces :::.
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One Response to “Why You Should Include Blueberries In Your Diet”

  1. Eden from Paraslim on December 17th, 2009 4:56 pm

    I love blueberries and they are so healthy :)
    .-= Eden@Paraslim´s last blog ..The Bible Cure for Weight Loss and Muscle Gain =-.

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