In the case of certain cereals, bagels, breads and bars, the blueberries are not actual fruit at all, just a mixture of artificial colors, partially-hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. A Food Investigations mini-documentary released today exposes what it calls the "blueberry deception. " The investigation, conducted by award-winning investigative journalist Mike Adams, also known as the Health Ranger, found that several large companies such as Kellogg's, Target, Betty Crocker, and General Mills have been faking the blueberries in some of their products. One General Mills cereal singled out in the mini-documentary is called Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal. But a Consumer Wellness Center investigation reveals that this cereal contains neither blueberries nor pomegranates.
As a general rule, I stand by what I told my kid brother when General Mills was introducing a new cereal, "If you want blueberries, eat blueberries, now that sugary crud." That sugary crud was a new cereal call Boo Berry (from the makers of Count Chocula -- they also had a Frankenstein cereal which I forget the name of now).
Eating just 1 cup of strawberries or blueberries each week can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The new findings appear in the February issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.