Strawberries: So Healthy
|Serving size: 1 Cup Halves (152.0g)|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 11 g||4%|
|Sugar 7 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
When it comes to a healthy food strawberries are among the healthiest. Many nutritionist refer to it as a “super food.” This red juicy fruit not only taste great, but it's full of fiber, potassium and phytonutrients. According to the California Strawberry Commission one serving of strawberries (about eight) provides more Vitamin C than an orange. There are other reasons we should all be eating strawberries -- experts say the nutrients in strawberries can help reduce risk of heart disease, cancer and birth defects.
Did You Know:
- Strawberries are available year round
- A serving only has eight grams of sugar
- Strawberries may help fight some cancers, heart disease and high blood pressure
A Closer look at the Nutrients in Strawberries
Antioxidants - Includes Vitamin C, help ward off chronic disease. Antioxidants from strawberries are absorbed in the system one hour after eating and once absorbed they begin to fight free radicals which cause disease. The USDA, using the ORAC method of scoring, scored strawberries as having the highest antioxidant values in the fruit category.
Fiber - Studies have shown fiber is needed for heart health. Diets high in fiber can lower the risk of heart disease.
Potassium - Helps maintain healthy blood pressure, electrolyte balance and muscles contractions.
Phytonutrients - Flavonoids and ellagic acid are being studied for their antioxidant and anticancer fighting properties. Anthocyanin, a flavonoid, makes up most of the strawberry.These flavonoids are responsible for the deep rich reds, blues and purple colors in fruits.
Strawberries and Our Health
According to the California Strawberry Commission, a study conducted by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University showed that strawberries can help slow down the decline in cognitive and motor skills. It is believed that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits is what's helping to prevent this decline.
When it comes to cancer, strawberries have a cancer fighting arsenal like Vitamin C and folate, anthocyanins, quercetin, kaempferol and ellagic acid. These compounds in strawberries have shown promising results in the fight against cancers like colon, breast, esophageal. In addition folate has been shown to help reduce birth defects.
The Vitamin C found in strawberries may help keep your heart healthy. It has been linked to lower death rates from cardiovascular disease, lower cases of the disease and angina. Folate has also been shown to help with the fight against cardiovascular disease. The fiber and potassium found in strawberries are also associated with lower cholesterol and blood pressure which are key factors in coronary health.
So next time you’re in the produce aisle at the grocery store, do your body a favor and buy strawberries. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, a serving of strawberries a day could help protect your body and lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, inflammation, birth defects and diminished cognitive skills that come with aging.