It’s that time of year in Maine when a favorite walk or hike might include a stop to pick wild blueberries. Since 1991, wild blueberries have been the state berry and for good reason. They are delicious and good for you too.
In fact, St. Joseph Healthcare uses Wyman’s Blueberries, a well-known Maine company, for their blueberries. A cup of blueberries with yogurt and granola is a staple in the cafeteria. Brandon Hay, head dietitian at St. Joseph Healthcare, shares: “Food is an important part of healing and wellness. We work closely to provide healthy options, like blueberries, for our patients, guests, and staff to enjoy.”
Here are five health benefits of blueberries:
1. High in soluble fiber. It is great for your gut and can help lower your cholesterol which supports heart health.
2. Low in sugar. Blueberries are lower in sugar than many fruit options and can help maintain a level blood sugar.
3. Nutrient powerhouse. They are full of nutrients and a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and magnesium.
4. Rich in antioxidants. When you’re not feeling well, antioxidants from blueberries can help lower stress.
5. Support healthy blood pressure. Eating a cup of uncooked blueberries can help to decrease or maintain blood pressure.
How many blueberries should you eat? Hay suggests that a cup of blueberries at breakfast would be ideal for supporting your health for the day. Don’t let the amount deter you though, he said, even half a cup is a great first step.