Blueberries

During this time of the year is easy to find sweet, tender ripe blueberries. They can make it for a healthy snack, easy to carry, easy to eat and low calorie. Among other health benefits we can count: their deep blue color is related to high amounts of phytonutrients called anthocyanidins [1]. These phytonutrients aid in the process of neutralizing free radical damage in our cells. Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse!

In a recent post The American Institute for Cancer Research states, “We now know that blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants, substances that can slow the aging process and reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer.”

Blueberries are good source of fiber and vitamin C and they have about 10g of sugar per 100g of fruit, being this the only reason to moderate them amount you eat per serving.

(1) Bell DR, Gochenaur K. Direct vasoactive and vasoprotective properties of anthocyanin-rich extracts. J Appl Physiol. 2006 Apr;100(4):1164-70. Epub 2005 Dec 8.

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