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Antioxidant Alert: Blueberries

I love to talk about food, and this means my girls are forced to listen to me extol the virtues of eating a rainbow.

When we list all the foods and colors and arrive at blue the only food we can come up with is blueberries. Which is fine with us, because we all love them. And, really, what is not to love about the blueberry? Low in calories and high in antioxidants, blueberries definitely fall into the super-food category. Plus they are just coming into season so now is the time to indulge in the singular virtue of this blue food.

Blueberries are high in phytonutrients called anthocyanidins. Unpronounceable but powerful, this antioxidant is an antibacterial pigment, which has a beneficial effect on blood vessels and the treatment of varicose veins. Blueberries also contain tannins, which act as astringents in the digestive system to reduce inflammation. Blueberries also promote urinary tract health, since they contain the same compounds found in cranberries.

Personally, I like blueberries just about any way you can serve them: fresh and unadulterated straight out of the basket, on cereal, in muffins, distilled into a compote and ladled over ice cream whole wheat pancakes.

Tell me, do you love blueberries? If so, what is your favorite way to enjoy them?
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