This weekend I made more jam! I had some frozen blueberries and made some jam using bread machine.
According to http://www.humanhealthspecialists.com/integrative-health-arizona-newsletter/volume-1/issue-1/the-bountiful-benefits-of-blueberries/, it’s not just the antioxidants in blueberries that promote optimal health. Blueberries also contain a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals, are a good source of fiber, and are an excellent source of low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates. One hundred grams of fresh blueberries (~2/3 C) contains 2.4 grams of fiber, 77 milligrams of potassium, 14.5 grams of carbohydrates and only 57 calories. This amount of berries also has an oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC, a higher-is-better measure of free radical scavenging power) of 6552; that’s about 1500 and 3000 points higher than the same amount of raspberries and strawberries, respectively.
Some of these benefits include the following:
• Prevent cancer
• Prevent cognitive decline associated with aging and various diseases
• Prevent bone loss
• Lower blood pressure
• Reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes
• Help prevent urinary tract infections
• Reduce inflammation
• Reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress
Jam indeed has a lot of sugar, still I would like to believe that multiple benefits of blueberries make this jam somewhat healthy 🙂
You will need:
- 2 cups of frozen blueberries
- 1,5 cups of sugar
- 3 tbsp of pectin
Set bread machine for jam making function and an hour later you will have 2 jars of jam.