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Focus-Blueberries

They're blueberries!

Picture of blueberries.

What is it?

Blueberries are small berries that grow on bushes.

Why should you care?

They might be small, but blueberries are considered a power food. They contain antioxidants, more than most other fruits and vegetables. What are antioxidants? They're substances in fruits and veggies that seem to keep people healthy.

How do you eat blueberries?

They can be eaten raw as a snack, as part of a fruit salad, or even as a topping for yogurt or ice cream. Blueberries also work well cooked in blueberry pie, jams, and sauces.

Anything weird about blueberries?

"Violet, you're turning violet, Violet!" Do you remember that scene from the Willie Wonka movies? Violet turns blue after eating some blueberry pie-flavored gum. The good news is that eating blueberries won't turn you blue. In fact, researchers think the pigment that makes blueberries blue (anthocyanin) might be the key ingredient that makes them such a healthy food.