Oct 02, 2016 1:45 AM GMT
NYT: The Wild Blueberry Association of North America touts the wild variety as being even more nutritious than the farm-raised kind, pointing to a Department of Agriculture analysis from 2010 that analyzed the antioxidant values in dozens of fruits, vegetables, spices and other foods. That report found blueberries had some of the highest antioxidant values of commonly consumed fresh fruits, and that gram for gram, raw wild blueberries contained double the antioxidants of raw farm-raised blueberries. The findings were echoed in a Cornell University study that reported wild blueberries had higher cellular antioxidant activity than farm-raised blueberries.
But the U.S.D.A. has since removed the antioxidant database from its website, citing “mounting evidence that the values indicating antioxidant capacity have no relevance to” human health. The agency also expressed concern that food and supplement manufacturers were misusing the information to promote their products.