... are an excellent source of antioxidants? According to the USDA database of the antioxidant activity of selected foods (ORAC values), blueberries rank among the highest on a per serving basis! Substances in blueberries called polyphenols, specifically anthocyanins that give blueberries their blue hue, are the major contributors to the antioxidant activity of blueberries.
... are an excellent source of manganese. We all need manganese for bone development and to metabolize protein, carbs, and fat!
... have just 80 calories per cup and no fat!
... are an excellent source of vitamin C? One cup of blueberries will give you 25% of the daily requirement for Vitamin C!
... are a good source of dietary fiber? A diet high in fiber contributes to heart health, helping to keep cholesterol in check.
... like cranberries, contain proanthocyanidins, a substance that may help prevent urinary tract infections?
Looking for a nutritional breakdown of blueberries? Visit the US Highbush Blueberry Council for additional information.
*Nutritional information courtesy of the US Highbush Blueberry Council