Friday, July 9, 2010

FFF Diva Food For Thought: July is National Blueberry Month!

From the Registered Dietician from Operation Boot Camp - San Jose:

Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month?

FACTS: Only one main variety of blueberry. They are grown in four US areas (Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon)

SELECTION: Choose plump, juicy deep peruple to blue-black fruits

STORAGE: Keep refrigerated, does not ripen after harvest

HEALTH BENEFITS: Cholesterol and sodium free. High in fiber (6 grams/cup, 12 grams carbohydrate, 60 calories). High in vitamin C. Excellent source of disease-fighting phytochemicals anthocyanins and ellagic acid which have been shown to protect against the signs of aging and my reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.

FUN FACTS: North America is the world's leading blueberry producer, accounting for nearly 90% of world production. The blueberry of the genus vaccinium, is a native American species. Early settlers cherished the fruit as a staple ingredient in foods and medicines.

Enjoy Your Day in a Healthy Way,
Lisa, RD
(and FFF Diva & OBC Camper Mo)

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