Affordable superfoods: Blueberries
Blueberries have more antioxidants – those magical molecules that can help prevent a host of maladies – than 40 other common fruits and vegetables tested.
The antioxidant plant pigments that make blueberries blue guard against heart disease, cancer and age-related blindness and memory loss. They prevent urinary tract infections, thanks to antioxidant epicatechins, which keep bacteria from sticking to bladder walls.
How much? 1/2 cup (125 mL) of blueberries equals one fruit and vegetable serving per day.
Beat Health tip: Sprinkle blueberries on your pancakes at the last minute – cooking the berries destroys valuable vitamin C. (If you’re a fan of smoothie bowls, you’ll love this recipe.)