Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Are 'Wild' Foods Better? - Avera Health

Last updated Tuesday, January 4, 2022 03:00 ET , Source: NewsService

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.

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