Summer is here! And you know what that means?! BLUEBERRIES!!
YES! These antioxidant-rich fruits are one of my favorites because they are delicious, nutritious and easy to work with! Why do you need or want to consume antioxidants? Well, it's complex but here's what Wiki says:
An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death. When the chain reaction occurs in a purified monomer, it produces a polymer resin, such as a plastic, a synthetic fiber, or an oil paint film. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions.
Easy, right? Yeah. Just eat foods with antioxidants. That's all you have to remember.
Blueberries can be added to oatmeal for breakfast, salad for lunch and with ice cream after dinner.
My favorite way to eat them nowadays is fresh out of the carton but I have memories of my Grandfather freezing them in the freezer in wee paper cups and giving them to us when we were hot from playing outside. Ah, nostalgia.
Watch out for imposters! I saw an ad today for the new waffle breakfast sandwiches from that famous coffee company. Two waffles with an egg-like food and sausage-meat-product in-between. And now the waffles have blueberries! It is my suspicion that those are not real blueberries but are actually chemically produced blueberry dots (a combo of artificial color and flavoring), but that's just an educated guess.
Eat Real Food.