Blueberries can be eaten freshly picked or incorporated into a variety of recipes. They can also be purchased frozen. Use blueberries to top waffles, pancakes, yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal, blend them in a smoothie or syrup, or fold them into muffins and sweet breads.
- Blueberries are low in calories and fat. They’re mainly made up of carbs and water but also contain a decent amount of fiber.
- Blueberries are rich in beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants — especially anthocyanins — which may account for many of their health benefits.
- Blueberries may decrease your risk of heart disease, boost brain health, lower blood sugar levels, and improve insulin sensitivity.
- One cup of blueberries provides 24 percent of a person recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
- Blueberries are a good source of manganese and vitamins C and K1. They also provide small amounts of copper, as well as vitamins E and B6.
- People who use blood-thinners, such as warfarin, should speak to their doctor before increasing their intake of blueberries, as the high vitamin K content can affect blood clotting.