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1 Vitamin content - A cup of raw blueberries contains 14.4mg of vitamin C, about 20% of the recommended adult daily allowance of this antioxidant. They're also a good source of vitamin K, which is involved in blood coagulation.

2 Fibre-filled - Dietary fibre supports healthy bowel movements and keeps you feeling satiated longer. Add blueberries to your wholegrain cereal or oatmeal for a high-fibre breakfast.

3 Slow carb - Blueberries are low on the glycaemic index, GI, with a rating of 53. The glycaemic index measures how quickly your body digests carbohydratecontaining foods and transforms them into glucose. A low GI means they digest slowly and won't spike your blood glucose levels, leading to cravings.

4 Phytochemicals - Blueberries get their deep colour from powerful phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These compounds may also help inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells.

5 Low-calorie - A half cup contains 42 calories. Carry a serving with you for a portable snack, or have some for dessert instead of fatty, sugary, baked dishes.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 9, 2013
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