Fruit, especially seasonal fruit, is one of the cornerstones for a healthy and balanced diet. As we all know, in fact, its consumption allows you to stock up on fundamental nutrients, such as vitamins, mineral salts, fibers and much more. Furthermore, eating it regularly would allow us to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular ones.
In summer, there are many types of fruit to eat at various times of the day, especially as a snack, including strawberries, peaches, cherries, watermelons and so on. In addition to these, there are also other types, very nutritious and tasty, such as berries. In this article we will focus our attention in particular on blueberries, which would have really interesting properties from a nutritional point of view.
Healthy heart and iron memory with this seasonal fruit that would also help control blood sugar
The blueberry is a fruit consisting of 85% water, is low in calories (just 25 per 100 g) and is very rich in fiber. There would be numerous benefits deriving from its consumption. According to some studies, in fact, it seems that blueberry is an ally of cardiovascular health and that it has positive effects on the heart and arteries. This is also due to the reduced glycemic index and the control of blood sugars, which would make it ideal for those suffering from hyperglycemia. Furthermore, it seems that this fruit is also particularly useful for memory and cognitive abilities. Finally, blueberry, like all other berries, is also rich in phytonutrients, such as flavonols and anthocyanins.
Nutritional values of blueberries and possible contraindications
Hence, there would be a better chance of having a healthy heart and iron memory by eating blueberries. However, even the consumption of this fruit could lead to the appearance of some unwanted effects. In fact, in general, it is not recommended to eat blueberries in case you are taking antidiabetic drugs, as they could alter their effects. Furthermore, it is important to remember that blueberries would promote the formation of stones, due to the high content of oxalates.
How to keep blueberries even for the winter
Since they are only available from the beginning of summer until September, during this period it is necessary to stock up on blueberries and store them for the winter. A good way to have this fruit available even during the colder seasons is to make jams. These preserves are prepared in a very short time and, following the steps correctly, would allow us to enjoy the properties of the blueberry all year round.
To make it, you will first need to wash 1 kg of blueberries and then let them dry on a kitchen towel. After that, pour them into a saucepan, adding half a kg of sugar, the juice of one lemon and a little grated zest. We mix everything and leave to flavor for about 3 hours.
After the necessary time, put the container back on the fire and let it cook for about 30 minutes over low heat. During cooking it is important to stir often and, if it turns out to be too liquid, increase the flame. Once the desired consistency is reached, pour the hot mixture into the previously sterilized glass jars. Let it cool down to room temperature and then close the jars hermetically.
It is one of the richest vegetables in water and would be ideal for weight loss and cholesterol control
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