By Mildred Jones
Blueberries are noted to provide a host of beneficial effects on the body. Studies in The Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology have proven that gallic rich foods like blueberries kill cancer cells without destroying healthy cells. It also supports digestion in favour of the members of the Actinobacteria Phylum in the gut and promotes circulation of the heart. It has a drastic effect on insulin sensitivity if eaten at least twice a day (about 22.5 kg of blueberries bioactives), according to Jacob Schor ND, FABNO, who served as the President to the Colorado Association Naturopathic Physicians.
Fresh blueberries are succulent and has The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score of 9.621, which makes it a powerful anti-oxidant. The deep blue colour contains a flavonoid known as Anthocyanins. I came across this True Blue Custard Pie which is simple to make and will leave you wanting for more. It excites the palate with its’ sour cream base. If you are not suffering from an overdose of sugar, there is no reason why you should not indulge in this recipe, and if you are, I am sure you will improvise.
8 ounces of Sour Cream or Vanilla Yogurt
¾ cups of sugar (optional)
1 egg beaten
2 tablespoon of flour
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon of salt
Wooden spatula or spoon to mix the ingredients
21/2 cups of crushed Blueberries
9 inch pie crust, ready made
Pre heat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius
Put in the Sour Cream or Yogurt
Add the Sugar and beaten egg
Introduce the flour, salt and vanilla extract
Last, add the Blueberries
Bake for 30 minutes on 200 degrees (Please check on it periodically, because I would).
This pie comes out smooth and creamy. Top it with whip cream to finish it off and you have a winner. The blue consistency percolates through the pie from juicy berries, creating perfection in a nick of time. Simply irresistible. Enjoy!
Photo Acknowledgments: gracefulleats.files.wordpress.com, wagnerhills.com
References: Wang K, et al. Investigation of Gallic Acid Induced Anticancer Effect in Human Breast Carcinoma MCF-7 Cells. J Biochem Mol Toxicol. 2014 May 27.
Cassidy A, et al. High anthocyanin intake is associated with a reduced risk of myocardial infarction in young and middle-aged women. Circulation. 2013 Jan 15;127(2):188-96.
Stull AJ, Cash KC, Johnson WD, Champagne CM, Cefalu WT. Bioactives in blueberries improve insulin sensitivity in obese, insulin-resistant men and women. J Nutr. 2010;140(10):1764-1768.
Jacob Schor, ND, Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Blueberries decrease insulin resistance, studies show blueberries effect on insulin sensitivity after 6 weeks of consuming blueberries twice daily, Natural Medicine Journal, Oct 2010, Vol 2 Issue 10.