Besides being one of the most capable strains of berry that can leave a semi-immovable stain on any body part or items of clothing, there are also many benefits you may get from eating blueberries.
Blueberries often are the called the forgotten berry as they aren’t nearly as popular as strawberries and other berries.
But we certainly haven’t forgotten about these tiny dark blue (almost black) orbs that are full of nutrients and overflowing with antioxidants.
Here below we will endeavour to answer all of your questions about blueberries and also let you know why we use them here at Super Cubes too.
The history of blueberries
Here is a little blueberry history for you before we get into blueberry nutrition facts.
Blueberries were used by the Indigenous Peoples of North America well before Europeans arrived there.
The blueberry is one of the few native fruit species from this area and back in those days the blueberries were a wild variety and so a little different to the ones that are cultivated around the world currently.
They were smaller and used for a wide variety of purposes then, also they were believed to be sacred due to the star shape blossom at the end of the fruit.
Blueberries were eaten by themselves, dried, mixed with meat, turned into cough syrup, made into tea, used for dye, added to soups / stews and even made into a dessert made of blueberries, cornmeal, honey and water.
The blueberry bush has many different varieties can be as small as 10cm and as large as 4m high depending on the variety.
Blueberry bushes have evolved over the years (as most other fruits have) and are now larger and yield more berries.
Currently there is blueberry production throughout the United States, Canada, many different countries throughout Europe, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, South Africa, New Zealand and of course, there is blueberry production in Australia too.
So they certainly have spread throughout the world since the first documented days.
Blueberries were originally introduced into Australia in the 1950’s by the Victorian Department of Agriculture and they attempted to grow them without much success.
But it wasn’t until 1970 that blueberries were successfully grown in Australia by the same department and these same growers went on to form (later that decade) the Australian Blueberries Growers’ Association which still runs today.
And now the Australian blueberries are well sought after for many different uses all over the world.
So as you can see, the history of blueberries was well underway well before Violet Bearegarde made them famous.
Are blueberries good for you?
They may be small, but blueberries provide a long list of features and possible health benefits for you (if you choose to eat them of course).
They are sweet tasting, nutritious, also very popular with health conscious adults and kids too.
So if you needed a few more reasons on why you should want to add blueberries into your daily diet, here are some of their many benefits and we have expanded on a few of these below for you too.
- Helps with inflammation
- Digestive support
- Delicious taste
- Low calorie food
- Phytonutrient source
- Helps keep a healthy heart
- High in antioxidants
- Good Vitamin C levels
- Excellent soluble fibre source
- Supports weight management
- Great source of vitamins and minerals
- May help with lowering blood pressure
- Supports brain function and memory
- Can help improve insulin sensitivity
- Easy to add to frozen smoothies and meals
High antioxidant levels
Antioxidants are substances that may help protect your cells against the effect of free radicals and blueberries are a very good source of antioxidants.
There have been studies surveying the antioxidant capacity of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and it was blueberries that came out on top.
Blueberries do have quite a lot of studies behind them in regards to antioxidants pertaining to their flavonoid content as it is quite substantial compared to other fruits.
Flavonoid’s are a group of phytonutrients found in some capacity in most fruits and vegetables, they are powerful antioxidants which may help support your immune system, also help with counteracting inflammation and more.
Blueberries have quite a good level of fibre that can help you meet your daily fibre needs as well as the benefit of keeping you regular.
The blueberry also has low calories as well at its fibre content, so this makes it a great food for people looking at their weight management.
The fibre in blueberries can help with satiety and may give you the feeling of being full for longer, this in turn can help in reducing your cravings and constant hourly visits to the office/home fridge or pantry.
Supports brain function and memory
Do you ever finish your grocery shopping, take the travellator out to the car park and then stand there for five minutes trying to remember where you’ve parked the car?
If this is a common occurrence then a daily dose of blueberries maybe what you need to get back on track, find your car and remember sometimes where you put your house keys too or what time you have to pick up the kids and even their birthdays at a stretch.
So a dose of blueberries might be all you need to get the grey matter back up and working properly again or being proactive in your nutrition while preparing for your twilight years.
Blueberry nutritional value
Being a nutrient dense food means blueberries don’t have many calories, but they have decent levels of vitamins, minerals, fibre, vitamin K, manganese and vitamin C.
The nutrient levels below are for 100 grams of blueberries.
A cup of blueberries holds around 150 grams, so multiply the below levels by 1.5 to get your one cup levels if you need to.Per 100gm
Vitamin C 9.7mg
Vitamin B6 0.052mg
Vitamin A 3µg
Vitamin E 0.57mg
Vitamin K 19.3µg
Why use blueberries for frozen smoothies?
After reading and researching the potential health properties of blueberries, we think it'll be Ok in assuming that you could add blueberries to every single meal you have throughout the day.
Remember variety is the key to creating a balanced and nutritious daily diet plan for yourself and blueberries should just make up a small amount of this overall plan.
Why do we use blueberries in our berry digest smoothie?
Because they taste good, they have a natural sweetness to them and if you have read all of the above, they are an amazing super food with some great potential health benefits due to their nutritional value (just don’t spill the frozen smoothie on your clothes!).
So you could have your berry digest smoothie and easily add an extra handful of blueberries into your blender or on top of your frozen smoothie once poured.
The choice is totally yours.