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WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
2/22/13 8:08 A

Interesting thread, was at the doctors office yesterday and they had a program on talking about the nutritional benefits to blueberries, their low on the glycemic level, high in antioxidants and vitamins. I love blueberries for a nice low calorie snack.

WRITYL0730 Posts: 8
2/21/13 8:55 P

Good information everyone, highly appreciate it :)

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
2/20/13 11:31 P

There's a difference between "supplementation" value and "nutritional" value. Most pills and supplements claim to offer super benefits from highly condensed large doses of the active ingredient (whether this works or not). Some supplementation merely provides daily nutrition, but generally it's the scammy ones that people hear about.

Eating a few blueberries is definitely full of NUTRITION value!! :)

Whether a megadose of whatever is in blueberries in a supplement pill form offers any benefit at all is debatable (probably not). But absolutely don't go away thinking eating "some" blueberries is "probably not enough to get any real nutritional value". You ARE getting great nutrition from a small handful of blueberries. It probably wasn't "nutrition" you were looking for in the supplement.

And if it was ... just try getting a variety of different fruits in your week. :)

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,583
2/20/13 8:23 P

What I think is most important is including a "variety" of fruits throughout the week. Each different color represents a different mix of vitamins, minerals and phytochemical/antioxidants.

Dietitian Becky

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2/20/13 7:02 P

You're absolutely getting nutritional value, even on smaller amounts. You don't have to eat buckets of the things to get value. ;)



WRITYL0730 Posts: 8
2/20/13 4:51 P

@DIETITIANBECKY and Unident

Appreciate the comments. I do eat some blueberries, but probably not enough to get any real nutrional value. I put them in my smoothies in the morning, have a small handful in passing. But again to what Unident was saying, it seems that if it's a scam in general, then I'll just stay away from the supplements and keep eating them when I can.

Thanks a ton for the information everyone and I'll make sure I start buying some frozen blueberries and a couple containers of fresh when I hit the market.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,583
2/20/13 3:54 P

There is no reseach to support the use of a blueberry supplement.
Who knows what it contains???

Perhaps a large bag of frozen blueberries would also help assure there is some always available.

Dietitian Becky

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2/20/13 2:19 P

Try hiding them in the freezer somewhere so your wife doesn't know where they are. If your freezer's anything like mine, she'll never find them... and you may not find them either.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
2/20/13 1:27 P

What "benefits etc" do you think blueberries offer?

They're a great source of vitamins and antioxidants and a health snack. But they're not a supplement and not needed. And they certainly don't aid in weight loss in any way if that's what someone is trying to sell you.

Generally, to those who say "just eat blueberries", supplements offer a condensed version of whatever the benefit is. Eg for raspberry ketones you would have to eat pounds and pounds of raspberries to get anywhere near the amount of ketones in just one pill. So every day you'd eat almost nothing but raspberries. Who wants to do that?

Now, I agree, who wants to use raspberry ketones anyway? They're a scam. But they illustrate the principle.

If there is some benefit a blueberry supplement might offer, it may not be accessible simply by eating a small handful of blueberries daily.

WRITYL0730 Posts: 8
2/20/13 1:22 P

I do eat them, but my wife seems to eat them way before I get to them. ;)

-POOKIE- Posts: 11,848
2/20/13 1:16 P

I agree with just eating them.

No supplements like that have 100% proven effects, its wasted money for over-hyped stuff, which in some cases can actually be harmful.

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2/20/13 1:09 P

Why not just eat blueberries a lot? Healthier and probably more affordable than some kind of blueberry supplement. I'd say a serving is about half a cup, and goes nicely with some lowfat greek yogurt or light whipped cream.

WRITYL0730 Posts: 8
2/20/13 12:52 P

Hey everyone,

I know the benefits, etc. of blueberries, but I was wondering if anyone would suggest a specific brand of blueberry supplements?

Any information, hyperlinks, etc. would be greatly appreciated! :)

Thank you!

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