Nutritional & Health Benefits of Strawberries
This week we will talk about strawberries – the superstar of summer fruits. This bright red berry is tasty, versatile, and very healthy. In the past, it was considered to be a luxury treat and a fit for royals. Nowadays you can find strawberries all year round, fresh, frozen, or dried. Me personally I prefer to eat fresh strawberries only when they are at the peak of its season.
So, let’s see the nutritional and health benefits of strawberries.
Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B9, and potassium.
Strawberries contain high amounts of beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants, such as pelargonidin, ellagic acid, ellagitannins, and procyanidins.
Strawberries’ carbs consist mainly of fibers and simple sugars. They also have a relatively low GI which makes them ideal for people with diabetes.
As a result of that nutrient profile, strawberries can:
- improve blood antioxidant status.
- improve your blood lipid profile and reduce the harmful oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- decrease oxidative stress.
- reduce inflammation.
Strawberries are usually well tolerated, but allergy is somewhat common. Common symptoms include itching in the mouth, headaches, and swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat, as well as breathing problems in severe cases. So, if you experience allergy symptoms after consuming strawberries please visit your doctor.
To sum up, strawberries are a good source of many vitamins, minerals and plant compounds — which result in powerful health benefits. If you don’t already eat strawberries, start doing so because they are an excellent addition to a healthy diet.