Whole foods: the nutritional benefits of blueberries


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Blueberries are one of a limited number of fruits with its origins in North America. A berry with a long history, researchers estimate that blueberries have been around for 13,000 years. They were a long-time staple of native American foragers, used for nutritional and medicinal purposes. Blueberries have also been shown to fight America’s silent killer, high blood pressure. Eating the equivalent of 2 cups of blueberries each day for eight weeks can lower blood pressure by 6 percent, according to a 2010 study in “The Journal of Nutrition.”

Exceptionally low in calories, 1/2 a cup of blueberries contains just 40 calories, 1.4g of fibre and 8g of sugars but it is their rich antioxidant content known to offer much health benefit long term.

Blueberries, like raspberries, are just as nutritious fresh as they are frozen. Top a bowl of Greek yogurt with blueberries and raw cashews for a simple, high protein, high antioxidant breakfast, or have a bowl of blueberries after dinner for a naturally sweet dessert.

Recipe of the week: Kale & Blueberry Salad

For this week’s recipe of the week: http://www.shapeme.com.au/recipeoftheweek/

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Blueberry image source: http://www.healthymummy.com/

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