The Superpowers of Strawberries
The Calling Of Strawberries
Well, summer is here, and that makes it a pretty appropriate time to talk about strawberries! We know most people love them (95% of Americans eat just about three and a half pounds of them a year, to be exact) but why? Most of us can agree that the tantalizing red draws us in, and we love its juicy sweet tartness, but the benefits of these little guys are doing much more than fulfilling a hankering. These guys are packed FULL of health benefits.
Without getting too nerdy, I'm going to give you some important key words and info to cling on to. So, if you're ever standing in your kitchen wondering what to have as a quick snack, you'll remember this one-sided convo we're having and wrap your fingers around these nutrient packed bombshells.
What Amazingness Are In These Things?!
Strawberries are ONE of the most beneficial fruits you can eat regarding the reaping what you sow (pun intended). Like most other fruits and vegetables, strawberries are packe full of flavonoids.
Flavonoids are a naturally occurring chemical in plants (referred to as phytochemicals or phytonutrients) that not only give plants their vibrant color but also combat against enemies such as fungi, germs, insects and more. These protective properties have recently peaked the interest of scientists, of the effects they can have against our own foreign invaders.
A Health Packed Punch
Of the flavonoid family, Quercetin, Kaempferol, and Anthocyanins are antioxidants, which are responsible for neutralizing the damaging particles (free radicals) that harm the cells of our body.
Strawberries come from the rose family.
Health Benefits Breakdown
These incredible, tumor-fighting antioxidants have also been shown to;
Lower the risk of blood clots (which can cause stroke and heart attack).
Combat against LDL's (bad cholesterol that can lead to cardiovascular disease).
The following list is a highlight of some of the great features of these little wonders. Here's a breakdown of their contents and benefits.
High in potassium
Decreases the chance of stroke.
Lowers the chance of cardiovascular disease.
Reduces blood pressure.
High in fiber
Decreases chances of cardiovascular disease.
Promotes a healthy gut and regular bowel movements.
Promotes healthy development of babies during pregnancy.
Can help with depression by combating excessive homocysteine in the system. Homocysteine can inhibit our serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which play a role in our emotions, sleep, and appetite.
More recent studies are showing how much influence antioxidants can have on the brain. In a study with mice, the benefits were shown to prolong the life of neurons, promote memory, and prevent kidney problems.
Low Glycemic Index
Prevents sugar spikes and maintains healthy blood sugar levels.
The Proof is in the (Strawberry) Pudding
In a study done at Harvard, research was conducted on 93,000 women over an 18 year period, ranging from ages 25-43. Those who ate at least a half of a cup of strawberries or blueberries, three times (or more) a week were 34% less likely to have a heart attack.
Simply put, the more plants you eat, the less likely you are to get diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.
California produces one billion pounds of strawberries a year.
Strawberries Nutrition Facts
|Serving size: 7|
|Calories from Fat||9|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 1 g||2%|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 12 g||4%|
|Sugar 7 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 2 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.|
© 2017 Nikki Poole