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Strawberries: So Healthy

Updated on May 18, 2015
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Cup Halves (152.0g)
Calories 49
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 7 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 1 g2%
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

Brain Function

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.

Cancer

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.

Heart Health

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.

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      oceansider 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for your article on strawberries...the information you've provided is really good. I do eat strawberries often...I knew they were healthy, but didn't know a lot about all of their benefits.

      Voted up & useful!

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      Naturally Luxe 

      6 years ago from MA

      Great hub. I love strawberries and their health benefits even more. They have the most nutrients per calorie compared to other fruits! I voted up! Thanks for the follow!

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for a good reminder of how good strawberries are for us!

    • rfox21 profile imageAUTHOR

      rfox21 

      6 years ago from Bethesda, Maryland

      Thanks for reading. I was surprised about the Vitamin C. Since writing the Hub, I've stocked up on them. Thanks for reading. I'll make sure to follow you.

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm always amazed by all the nutrients contained in fruit. I didn't realize strawberries have potassium but I do know how delicious they are! Voted up, interesting and useful.

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