You know fruit and veg is good for you, so obviously a wide variety of fruits should feature in your diet, including blueberries.

Not only can they improve your brain and heart health, as well as prevent premature ageing, they can also keep you trim.

To our delight, it has now actually been proven that they may be able to help you slim down.

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As if you need any more convincing that you should stock up on this delicious fruit, here are 15 reasons why blueberries are a must-have in your diet.

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One cup of blueberries contains a tiny 85 calories.

 

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With just 15 grams of carbohydrates per cup, with 4 grams of that being healthy fibre) they help with digestion.

 

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They’re low in fat and high in water, helping aid your body’s natural processes.

 

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Blueberries contain over 20% of your Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C

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As well as 35% of your RDA of vitamin K.

 

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They are also high in manganese, zinc and iron, which can help to boost your immune system.

 

 

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You’ve probably already heard, but blueberries contain a large amount of antioxidants, but why are they so good for us?

 

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They help protect you body from damage, to put it simply.

 

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What you eat and the air you breath can damage the cellular structures in your body, which contribute to ageing and some diseases, such as cancer. Blueberries work to minimise the risks of those.

 

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Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of any other fruit and veg.

 

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So it’s a good idea to make sure you add them to your diet to combat cell damage.

 

 

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Studies have shown that those who included blueberries in their diets had less belly fat than those who didn’t.

 

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They help your body use the carbs your eat as energy, rather than storing them as fat.

 

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Due to the high amount of fibre and water aiding digestion, they help your body use up the food you’re eating to minimise fat storage.

 

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They’re also pretty low in sugar compared to other fruits.