With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits. Here’s the skinny on blueberry nutrition: Blueberries are packed with vitamin C. In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C – almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system. Blueberries are dynamos of dietary fiber. Research has shown that most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets. Eating foods high in fiber will help keep you regular, your heart healthy and your cholesterol in check. A handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirement. What a tasty way to eliminate this worry from your day! Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese. Manganese plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into to energy – a perfect job for blueberries. Blueberries contain substances that have antioxidant properties Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Substances in blueberries called poly-phenols, specifically the anthocyanins that give the fruit its blue hue, are the major contributors to antioxidant activity.
We no more seem to be enjoying what we do especially when it comes to what we put in our mouth. Worried about calories and all that. As we have become more conscious of looks and presentation we do shun certain kind of fruit because they don’t pleasing to us unaware of its contents and its properties. Did you know the ripe papaya, popularly known as Disco Papaya or Taiwan Red Lady though its scientific name is Taiwan 786, which you generally pick up from your fruit vendor is rich in sugar. This hybrid variety has a pleasing look—rich orange all over. Sadly, the local variety, which when ripe is unpleasant to look at with blotches of green and orange all over! It’s unseemly exterior keeps you away from it while you settle for the “Disco” variety. Once you peel the flesh it look no way different from others. While the hybrid variety is almost seedless the traditional variety is full of seeds. Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and fiber. Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and provides protection against colon cancer.
Dennis was invited as a guest chef to share at the special event help each year at the Avenues Mall, it was a great success this year!