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Blueberries: a nutrient diverse snack

Published: November 11, 2016

Blueberries contain an array of nutrients
Blueberries contain an array of nutrients

"Super food" blueberries are an easy to eat, tasty and nutritious addition to your diet. As part of a healthy diet blueberries may contribute to positive health benefits.

Fresh or frozen blueberries are packed full of a diverse range of macronutrients and  micronutrients which contribute to your essential nutrient daily intake.
In addition to an array of vitamins and minerals, carbohydrate and fibre, blueberries also contain phytochemicals, such as anthocyanins and other pigments, which may have the potential to reduce your risk of various diseases.
Several of these nutrients have antioxidant activity which is thought to help protect against free radical damage within your body. Vitamin C and vitamin E are particularly well documented for their antioxidant activity.
Antioxidants help protect your body against free radicals. Free radical activity has been identified as being associated with a variety of diseases, particularly heart disease and cancer.
But what are antioxidants and what are the purported health benefits of consuming blueberries? Can a serving of blueberries each day protect you from heart disease and cancer?
Link to the full article to learn more and make blueberries apat of your eating for health plan.

References

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Whitney, E. & Rady Rolfes, S. (2005). Understanding Nutrition. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth
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CSPI: Nutrition Action Health letter June 2009 and March 2012
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Center for Science in the public interest (2013, 2015).