A excellent natural source of energy, blueberries are the perfect fruit to give you that extra boost in the morning.
Blueberries are an antioxidant rich food. While many antioxidant rich foods have effects on certain body systems, it is found that blueberries can strengthen many different body systems at once. Muscles that have received some damage can be reduced by the daily consumption of blueberries.
The amount of fiber in one cup of blueberries is about 15%. We need fiber in order to keep us regular and to help keep the digestive tract healthy. The nervous system and cardiovascular system also use blueberries to keep the structure of your blood vessels strong which in turn will help your heart protected from bad (LDL) cholesterol.
If you are sugar conscience, you will be glad to know that blueberries have a very low glycemic index (GI) value. Food with a low GI value will release glucose slowly and steadily. This means that those who are watching their blood sugar levels do not have to worry about it spiking really high or dipping down low.
Three Type of Blueberries
What you may not know is there are actually three different types of blueberries that you can choose from.
Firstly, there is the highbush blueberry, which is the most common type and the one you will find in your local supermarket. The highbush can grow up to 12 feet high and include both northern and southern highbush.
There is also the lowbush blueberry or more commonly known as “wild” blueberry. These are not commonly sold in supermarkets and produce a smaller size berry when compared to those of the highbush variety. Lastly there is the rabbiteye blueberry, which can grow up to 20 feet high. This variety is also less commonly cultivated similar to the lowbush blueberry.