At Delta Blue Blueberries, we love blueberries – that much is obvious. We are always excited and willing to talk about our product because there are so many interesting things about the blueberry! We know that trying to eat healthy can be time consuming and costly. However, we feel that blueberries are the one super fruit that should be included in everyone’s diet. It has a ton of health benefits and it’s very interesting! Let’s explore five fast facts about the wonderful blueberry!
Say that 10 times fast! In 2012, a study was conducted to show the correlation between eating one serving of blueberries a week and cognitive function. The study suggests that the antioxidants in blueberries “flush” toxins out and could even prolong high-level cognitive functions. Additional studies are still needed to make any concrete findings, but adjusting a diet slightly has shown the potential for long-term benefits. For more information about the study, read about it here.
Blueberries Have a Low Glycemic Index
With a low glycemic index, blueberries are the perfect snack for someone with diabetes. Combined with the high amount of fiber within the berry, the blueberry can improve someone’s blood sugar. A study was conducted with those whose blood sugar was hard to control. Those involved with the study that ate at least three servings of low GI-high fiber fruits a day found it easier to manage their blood sugar. Some studies have also shown that blueberries can help relieve muscle soreness after an intense workout. Neat!
A ‘Maine’ Export
Maine is the highest producer of wild blueberries in the world, according to the University of Maine’s analysis. In 2012, Maine exported more than 91.1 million pounds of blueberries from the 44,000 acres in the state dedicated to berry production. Due to cool and wet conditions, the berries kept growing well into mid-September that year, while normally berries stop growing at the end of August. The state is also responsible for 10 percent of all blueberries grown in North America – a good thing we’re available in California to keep the West Coast supplied!
Blueberries have been used as a natural dye for centuries. For example, colonists used to boil blueberries in milk to generate a gray color, according to the Produce for Better Health Foundation. They would then use this color to paint their houses. Very cool! For those looking for an organic approach in smaller DIY projects, blueberries would be the perfect option. Try using them to dye clothing or paint Easter eggs. They’re readily available and are all natural – go ahead and try using them in your next project!
Blueberry Flavors Rarely Include Blueberries
Most artificially manufactured foods with “blueberry flavor” do not contain actual blueberries. A majority of larger food manufacturers use a combination of sugar, corn syrup, oils and artificial flavors to create their “blueberry” flavor, quite possibly including some of your favorite cereals, breads, muffins and bagels. Sometimes, they will list these offenders as “bits” or flavored crunchies, without putting any of the blueberry’s benefits in the item. Check out this LA Times article for even more info.
Low calorie, high health benefits, interesting and tasty? This is a no brainer! The blueberry tastes great and is even better for you! If you haven’t already, you should grab a handful of blueberries and start munching! To learn more about blueberries – including how you can order some from Delta Blue Blueberries – contact us today!