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The Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries are more than just a delicious fruit that makes you think of shortcakes and summer picnics. They are one of the “super fruits”: fruits that offer high amounts of nutritional benefits. They are available year round and have been a favorite food for centuries, and for good reason. Eating strawberries on a regular basis is a taste delight and a great way to boost your health.

Rich in Vitamin C
The USDA recommends that adults that follow a 2,000 calorie a day diet should consume at least 60 mg of vitamin C on a daily basis. Just one serving of strawberries, which equals one cup (usually eight large berries), contains 85 mg of vitamin C. That is nearly 140 percent of the recommended daily amount.

Loaded with Antioxidants
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, strawberries rank third on a list of over 1,000 different foods and beverages for antioxidant content. Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that can do such things as prevent and repair cell damage, boost the immune system, neutralize free radicals and reduce LDL cholesterol.

Good source of Fiber
Fiber promotes healthy digestion and lowers cholesterol. One cup of strawberries has three grams of predominantly soluble dietary fiber, the type that helps protect the cardiovascular system from cardiovascular disease.

Full of Folate
Folate is a water-soluable B vitamin that may provide protection against cancer and birth defects. A serving of strawberries provides 34.6 mcgs of folate, which is nine percent of the recommended daily allowance.

Provides Potassium
A potassium-rich diet can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of high blood pressure. It can also help prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce the risk of kidney stones and strokes. One cup of strawberries has 170 mgs of potassium, five percent of the daily value.

It’s easy to see why strawberries are so popular. If you haven’t been eating strawberries much, it’s a great time to start. Their nutritional power makes them a perfect choice for cereals or snacks. Not only will you enjoy the taste, you’ll reap the rewards of their health benefits.

References:

*Halvorsen BL, Carlsen MH, Phillips KM, et al. Content of redox-active compounds (antioxidants) in foods consumed in the United States. Am J Clin Nutr 2006;84:95-135

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