Washington | Eating blueberries may slow ageing, improve vision and memory, according to a new study which found that people are less aware of the benefits of the fruit. Researchers from University of Florida wanted to determine how much consumers know about blueberry health benefits and see if there is a knowledge gap with blueberry health benefits among demographic groups.
They surveyed more than 2,000 people across the US to see what they know about the health benefits of blueberries. Most were aware of the benefits of blueberries in warding off cancer and lowering the risk of heart disease.
The study also found that low-income populations tend to know less about blueberry health benefits. People being more familiar with blueberries as deterrents for cancer and heart disease may be related to the high general awareness of these two diseases, said Shuyang Qu, a doctoral student in agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida, who led the study.
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