Strawberries are a delightful fruit that captivates the senses with their bright red color, juicy texture, and sweet aroma. Known for their heart-shaped appearance, they are perfect to share with a loved one or savor on their own. They can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, from eating them fresh to using them in jams, smoothies, and desserts. Whether you’re biting into a juicy strawberry on a warm summer day or adding them to your favorite recipe, strawberries are a tasty and versatile fruit that will leave you wanting more.
Strawberry – Nutrition facts
Strawberry has a low energy value, small protein and fat. Medium carbs and sugar and small fibre. The glycemic index of strawberries is low which is good for blood sugar levels. Strawberry contains a high amount of vitamin C, medium manganese and a small amount of potassium.
Strawberry – Bright good news
Strawberries contain different types of health benefits that you might not even know about.
1Promotes heart health
Strawberries are rich in colouring pigments, called anthocyanidins, which have a protective effect on the organism. They are thought to have a number of potential health benefits, including the prevention of inflammatory diseases and heart disease. Observational studies show that regular consumption of berries is associated with fewer cardiovascular-related deaths.
2Can protect against cancer
Research shows that strawberries can help prevent some cancers. The protective effect is thought to be due to a combination of polyphenols, including ellagic acid and ellagitannins, which have been shown to stop cancer cell growth in animal studies. But more human studies are needed to establish the correct method of action and to confirm the effect.
3Blood sugar regulation
Consumption of strawberries slows down glucose absorption and reduces insulin intake, especially when eaten in conjunction with high-carbohydrate foods. This effect is due to the anthocyanins it contains.
4May be good for people with type 2 diabetes
As we have mentioned earlier, strawberries have protective plant compounds called polyphenols. Two of them – ellagic acid and ellagitannins – have shown promise in combating several effects of type 2 diabetes. Particularly, they regulate blood sugar levels and regulate blood pressure. But more research is needed to confirm these effects in humans.
5Boosts the immune system
Strawberries are one of those berries that are rich in vitamin C. As the human body is not able to produce vitamin C naturally, it is important for us to turn to natural sources of this vitamin. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system and is an excellent antioxidant. But you probably already know it 🙂
A beneficial effect of vitamin C on recovery has been noted in pneumonia. In older people hospitalised for pneumonia who were found to have very low vitamin C levels, injecting vitamin C reduced the assessment of respiratory symptoms.
In other pneumonia patients, low-dose vitamin C (0.25–0.8 g/day) reduced the hospital stay by 19% compared with no vitamin C supplementation in other patients, whereas the higher-dose group (0.5–1.6 g/day) reduced the hospital stay by 36%.
6May help with weight management
Strawberries have a low glycaemic index (GI) and therefore help to moderate the release of sugar into the bloodstream. Research shows that a diet with lots of low GI foods can be beneficial for weight control and reducing the incidence of obesity-related diseases. Strawberries are also low in calories but have a sweet taste, so can be useful as a sweet treat.
7Strawberry is a great source of antioxidants
One of the most notable reasons for eating strawberries is their antioxidant benefits. Berries are some of the most powerful sources of antioxidants, according to Nutrition Journal, which looked at more than 3,100 foods. The researchers ranked strawberries among the berries with high antioxidant content, which also included blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrants.
Strawberry – Bad news
Strawberries are usually well tolerated, but allergies are quite common, especially in young children.
Strawberries contain a protein that can cause symptoms in people who are sensitive to birch or apple pollen a condition commonly known as pollen-food allergy.
The common symptoms are itching or tingling in the mouth, hives, headache, swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat, and breathing problems in severe cases.
The protein that causes allergies is thought to be linked to the anthocyanins (they are responsible for the bright colours of fruits and flowers) in strawberries. Colourless, white strawberries are generally well tolerated by people who would otherwise be allergic.
Strawberries also contain goitrogens (compounds that disrupt the normal functioning of the thyroid gland), which can impair thyroid function in people with thyroid problems.
Fun & curious facts about strawberry
The French traditionally serve strawberry soup to newlyweds at their wedding breakfast, as it is considered an aphrodisiac.
The Strawberry Museum was founded in Belgium. There you will learn the detailed history of these berries and in the museum shop, you can buy different types of strawberry products, such as strawberry jam and even strawberry beer.
Strawberry. Experiment by our expert
Let’s sum strawberry up
Strawberries have been around the world for a very long time and have immediately conquered the world for their wonderful taste and natural appearance. Eating strawberries in your diet will not only add colour to your life but also many benefits such as a healthy heart, protection against cancer, maintaining blood sugar, controlling weight and filling your body with antioxidants, also, very importantly is one of the best providers of vitamin C to ensure your total health and well-being.
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Dr. Veronica Rodriguez, MD is dedicated to keeping you informed about health, fitness and all things medicine! In this video, Dr. Veronica will tell some interesting stuff about strawberries and why you should eat them.
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