While it depends on what food we discuss, in general “wild” foods have some added nutritional benefits. But the minor nutritional benefits might not outweigh significant cost differences.
Comparison No. 1: Blueberries
- Wild blueberries have twice the amount of fiber as regular blueberries. Wild blueberries are much smaller – they are about the size of a pea – so when comparing a 100-gram serving, you get a lot more of their high-fiber skin when choosing wild.
- Wild blueberries have almost three times as much calcium, too. Although wild blueberries have more calcium, it is still not enough to be considered a “good” source.
- Wild blueberries contain eight times as much manganese than regular blueberries. A 100-gram serving (about cup) of wild blueberries contains 2.8 milligrams of manganese. For some children it may actually be too much, because the upper intake level of manganese in children 1-3 years of age is 2 milligrams. It’s about 3 milligrams for children 4-8 years of age.
- The calories of each 100-gram portion are very similar between wild and regular blueberries. The main difference is wild blueberries contain a bit of protein and fat, while nearly 100% of the energy from regular blueberries comes from carbohydrates.
- Wild blueberries have a much lower water content, so they will hold their shape and texture better when used in baking.
- The price for frozen wild blueberries can be as much as twice that of regular unsweetened frozen blueberries.
Read Full Story: https://www.avera.org/balance/nutrition/are-wild-foods-better/
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