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Monday
May172010

A Note on Blueberries

Blueberries are packed with nutritional power, they contain potent antioxidants - a half cup of blueberries provides the antioxidant power of five servings of peas, carrots, apples, squash or broccoli. They are also a good source of fiber, are a healthy low glycemic-index carbohydrate, and a good source of vitamin C.

Quick Tip: If fresh organic blueberries are cost prohibitive, substitute with frozen or dried blueberries - all three forms provide health-protective benefits. Keep in mind that dried blueberries are a concentrated source of sugar, so enjoy them in moderation.

Try Summer Melon Soup with fresh blueberries.

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Reader Comments (5)

How important is to get fresh ORGANIC blueberries compared to conventioal ones?

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Thank you for the blueberry update. I have been buying 150+pints of blueberries each year when they come into season. Keep them in their original packages, double bag and place back in the trays they arrive in. Half my big chest freezer is filled with berries. I believe I've been doing this for at least the last 4 years. Six mornings a week we each have 1/2C in our cereal. I'm invested in blueberries. I think they do wonderful things for a body. Besides eating a generally healthy diet as you suggest. I'm 67 and hubby is 77 and people are amazed to know our age. Since we don't look our ages. Now I don't know if it's good genes or blueberries but I'm sure berries help. Poor us.....forced to eat blueberries....MUCH WORSE THINGS COULD HAPPEN.....

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaddywash

I love dried blueberries on my oatmeal!

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblueleath

Mark. Always check out www.ewg.com for the latest on what needs to be organic and what does not.

I eat frozen organic blueberries ( when out of season...I also grow my own in a beautiful hedge) every day and my dogs get a handful a day as well. They love them! In response to the poster above questioning the importance of organic vs. conventional fruits...well, my thoughts are that we should always make an effort to eat organic fruits and veggies since they are most always heavily treated with pesticides, fungicides and or selective herbicides. Strawberries should ALWAYS be organic- even the ones handpicked on those pick it yourself farms ( they use chemicals too including synthetic fertilizers). Blueberries may be less toxic if wild harvested depending on location. My homegrown blueberries don't receive any chemicals from me. However, when the mosquito planes fly over, there goes my ' organic' status AND all the honey bees- very annoying!!! As a general rule of thumb, fruits that can be peeled ( kiwi, banana, oranges) are safer than fruits and veggies that cannot. Celery for instance does not have a protective skin and so the pesticides cannot be washed off the stalk and therefore should be eaten organic. It's difficult to peel a blueberry!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
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