Folks from the Newark area still love the good old southern desserts of yesteryear such as blueberry pies and scones, blueberry cobbler and blueberry muffins. Served up warm after Sunday dinner, blueberry cobbler and ice cream were a match that was made in heaven.
Although Newarkers today are trying to trim the waist by eating healthier and cutting down on such rich desserts, there is no better fruit to begin with than the healthful blueberry. One cup carries 14% of the recommended daily dose of fiber and almost one quarter of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Blueberries are also very low in calories-one cup only contains about one hundred calories. So, if you are trying to increase the amount of antioxidants in your diet, the wonderful blueberry is a great fruit to start with.
Recent health news has also shown that blueberries assist in dissolving belly fat, that horrible health endangering fat in the gut that puts us at risk for horrible diseases. Let’s find out how.
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The wonderful color and protective health properties of blueberries can be attributed to anthocyanins, the natural substance that give blueberries their deep, rich color. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidant flavonoids that protect many body systems. (Antioxidants protect against free radical attack which contributes towards many chronic diseases and aging. They also protect against inflammation). Blood vessels are included in the list of body systems that receive benefits of these nutrients. For example, damage caused by high blood sugar, as in diabetes is reduced. Protection is also extended to other complications of this disease such as diabetic retinopathy and artherosclerosis.
It has also been found that a blueberry rich diet may help diminish belly fat. Abdominal or belly fat has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. This effect is believed to be due to the high level of phytochemicals-which are naturally occurring antioxidants. This ieffect is boosted by a low-fat diet, along with exercise.
The other good news is that even after having been frozen blueberries still retain most of their nutritional benefits. Frozen blueberries may however lose a little less than 25% of the vitamin E content and beta carotene. So, it is possible to gain fantastic health benefits from the frozen berry as well which means that it is possible to enjoy this fruit all year round without worrying about a large loss of nutrients.
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“Blueberry Battle against Body Fat” http://www.fitsugar.com/