National Blueberry Month
We all know that a diet with fruits and vegetables is healthy for us. July is a good month to enjoy some fruit, because it is national blueberry month. Blueberries are in season. They are easy to find, and prices are good. Also, you can find Oklahoma blueberries at Farmer’s markets that accept SNAP benefits throughout the state.
And if a tasty treat is not reason enough to enjoy some blueberries, researchers at Florida State University in Tallahassee have found yet another reason to put them on your plate. In the study were women between the ages of 45 and 65 who were in the early stages of increased blood pressure. The women agreed to take a powder that would make a blueberry drink twice a day.
For half the women, the powder really did come from blueberries, and they added the equivalent of one cup of blueberries to their daily diet. For the other half, the drink was merely blueberry flavored. After eight weeks, the women who drank the flavored powder showed no change in blood pressure. But the women who drank the blueberry powder showed a drop in blood pressure.
Americans are consuming more fresh and frozen fruits, and national blueberry month is a good time to join the trend, for better taste—and for better health.