FUN FACTS ABOUT BLUEBERRIES
Along with strawberries and raspberries, blueberries are among the best-known and most popular summer fruits. Since cultivated blueberries can grow up to two meters high and the berries are easy to harvest, they can be found in many gardens in this country. The cultivated blueberry is the result of breeding and does not come from the European forest blueberry, as is often assumed, but from the American blueberry ( Vacciniom corymbosum ) off. This can be clearly seen from the flesh of the fruit. In the case of the cultivated blueberry, this is white, while the pulp of the wild blueberry is purplish-purple. In addition, cultivated blueberries taste sweeter and less aromatic, which depends on the ingredients. For example, cultivated blueberries contain more citric acid and sugar, while wild blueberries contain more quinic acid.
The plant pigment anthocyanin is responsible for this colour. In the case of cultivated blueberries, however, this is only contained in the fruit peel. Its antioxidant effects help prevent oxidative stress in the body. Since it scavenges free radicals, the risk of cancer can be reduced, cells protected and the aging process of the skin slowed down. In addition, it has a positive effect on the cholesterol level and the composition of fatty acids in the blood, thus preventing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. The darker the berries are, the more anthocyanins they contain – i.e. the healthier they are.
Cultivated blueberries are also full of healthy vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Above all, they are rich in vitamin E and vitamin C and help to strengthen the immune system .
50 grams of blueberries contain just 28 calories and are particularly suitable for a low-calorie or low-carbohydrate diet. Since they provide the body with important nutrients despite the few calories, they are the key to a successful and sustainable diet. On the one hand, this is due to its high fiber content, which ensures a long-lasting feeling of satiety and at the same time a healthy intestinal flora, and, on the other hand, to the high supply of vitamin A, which significantly influences the metabolic process.
Blueberries are therefore also excellent helpers with digestive problems and diarrhea.
Fresh blueberries have a laxative effect, while dried blueberries help relieve mild diarrhea. Overall, blueberries cover a larger amount of high-quality ingredients, have a wide range of uses and can be consumed with a clear conscience.