Blueberries are certainly delicious, especially around this time of the year. They can be put into pies, used as a yogurt topping, are a key ingredient to jam and even make for a delicious drink. They’re full of antioxidants and have a low calorie count meaning that if you choose to eat them over some other fattening snacks your body will thank you.
However what many may not know is that blueberries have a lot of health benefits and fun facts that simply aren’t talked about very often. These facts are sure to make you want to eat some more blueberries to keep your body in tip-top shape and give your taste buds something to enjoy!
1. Blueberries slow down memory loss
There is nothing more terrifying than losing your memory. All those treasured moments forever lost. It’s something that modern medical science still hasn’t fully solved, but a study suggests there is an easy way to slow down the process significantly. In a 2012 study, scientists found that eating at least one serving of blueberries a week slowed down memory loss by several years. A fantastic trade, if we do say so ourselves! Scientists, fascinated by this, investigated why. A 2013 study conducted on mice found that the berries may protect the brain by clearing out the toxic proteins that build up there. Thanks blueberries!
2. Maine is the biggest source of blueberries in the entire world.
While 17% of Sweden’s land may be used for blueberries, they pale in comparison to Maine’s blueberries. According to the University of Maine, there are wild blueberries growing on 44,000 acres in Maine. That’s equivalent to more than 44,000 football fields. Wow! It is estimated that Maine produces 10% of all blueberries coming out of North America, where blueberries originate from.
3. They are a natural food dye.
A healthy alternative to the food dyes so many big companies use in their processed foods! Legend has it that early American colonists would boil blueberries with milk in order to make gray paint. A clever use for this the delicious fruit.
4. The best blueberries look almost “dusty” with their blue color.
Be sure to not let them spoil though, as blueberries can last for around 10 to 14 days in a refrigerator before going bad.
5. Don’t Rinse Blueberries Too Early
If you don’t plan on eating your blueberries immediately, hold off on rinsing them. A rinse can soften the blueberries which will result in them spoiling much faster, according to University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
6. The Blueberry Bush Is A Relative Of The Azalea
Fitting in line with our expectations more, they’re also a relative of the cranberry.
7. Many blueberry-flavored processed foods do not contain any actual blueberries
Many products like bagels, cereals, breads and muffins from big name brands like Kellogg’s, Betty Crocker and General Mills actually use a combination of sugar, corn syrup, starch, oil and artifical flavors and dyes to create what look like blueberries, but ultimately aren’t the same.
8. Blueberries Can Reduce The Risk Of Cancer
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, blueberries have dietary fibers that help in several ways in the fight against cancer including breast cancer. It is believed that excess fat increases the risk of several cancers and as such, blueberries can help in addition to helping you lose weight.
There you have it, 8 facts about blueberries that you probably didn’t know, but are now making you want to eat some more! Be sure to eat organic blueberries when you can, as they contain far less pesticides.