Blueberries are often touted for their nutritional benefits. Some of those benefits are well known, while others are more obscure. ? Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit.
Anti-oxidants are responsible for neutralizing free radicals in the body, which can affect aging and contraction of diseases.
? Native Americans once called blueberries "star berries" because the blossoms make a star shape.
? Blueberry juice may help alleviate persistent coughs.
? Blueberries can help ease digestive issues and prevent constipation.
? Many people equate cranberries with urinary tract health, but blueberries are also good at reducing bacteria growth that causes urinary issues.
? Some believe that blueberries can help reduce belly fat. ? Blueberries contain 14 mg of Vitamin C and 0.8 mg Vitamin E per cup of blueberries.
? Blueberries were once used to make dyes and paints.
? America's favourite muffin is the blueberry muffin.
? Maine harvests almost all of the blueberries in the United States.
? Blueberries may help prevent damage caused by heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
? Blueberries are the official berries of Nova Scotia, Canada.
? The anthocyanin found in blueberries can help improve eyesight.
? Blueberries are one of the only foods that are naturally blue in color.
? The annual harvest of North American blueberries would cover a four-lane highway from Chicago to New York if spread out in a single layer.
? Blueberries grow on a shrub that belongs to the heath family.
? There are approximately 30 different species of blueberries.
? Blueberries were not cultivated until the beginning of the 20th century, becoming commercially available in 1916.
? The white, powdery substance on blueberries is called "bloom." Bloom indicates fresh berries.