I have never been big on candy. I love cakes and chocolate, but candy I managed to stay away from really easily. I much prefer nature’s candy: the berries.
And among them, blueberries are high on my list. Not only do they taste delicious by themselves or in pretty much any kind of smoothie, breakfast or dessert recipe, but they have tons of great properties.
Being full of antioxidants (substances that inhibits oxidation and removes potentially damaging agents in a living organism such as the gallic acid), blueberries have a reputation to help “fight” aging, boost your brain, improve your digestion (thank you fibers!), are good for your skin and heart and even help fight some types of cancer.
I think all this information about blueberries that my mom used to tell me when I was younger got stuck in my head. Especially the part about blueberries being good for the sight. Being the four-eyed that I am, I must have focused more on the raspberries growing up though. Oops.
More recently I read that the Royal Air Force was known to consume a lot of blueberries during World War two which allegedly improved their night vision. It´s said the pigment (anthocyanin) contained in the berry and providing the blue/purple colour is helping to improve sight.
While writing this I noticed the deeper you research the more your read about the pro and cons and discover ongoing debates on whether this and that is true or not. But honestly even if only half of these facts turn out to be true, I would much rather keep eating summer’s candy. And if it all is just a placebo effect, it’s one delicious one!
So now that summer is around the corner and berries are appearing everywhere whether you go and pick them yourself or you buy them at your local supermarket, do not hesitate to grab a box or two! They are delicious as a treat by themselves, in fruit salads, to top a cake or ice cream, but also in pies or even better if you ask me, in smoothies.
By: Morgane Oléron