Did you know that eating just one cup a day of strawberries benefits the entire body? It’s true! Research suggests eating just a serving of eight medium strawberries a day may improve heart health, help manage diabetes, support brain health, and reduce the risk of some cancers. So while you’re enjoying strawberries for their sweetness and taste, you may want to take a few seconds to let all those health benefits sink in too!
And don’t let the sweet taste of strawberries fool you into thinking that they have a high sugar content. Not at all! In fact, the American Diabetes Association identifies berries, including strawberries, as one of the top ten superfoods for a diabetes meal plan because they are low in sugar. In fact, there are only 45 calories in a cup of strawberries – so instead of eating a tiny piece of candy, enjoy a satisfying cup of about eight medium strawberries that are packed with vitamins, antioxidants and dietary fiber. When added up, strawberries provide a nutritious “Whole in One” for the entire body.
There’s nothing more simply sweet or delicious than a strawberry, but most of us don’t eat as many as we should according to experts, Last year, new research indicated that an eating plan called the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, or “MIND”, diet can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by more than one third – and the secret was a healthy daily dose of strawberries and blueberries. Since strawberries can play a role in protecting our brains as we age, there’s never been a better time to resolve to eat more strawberries than in 2016.
Strawberries provide a unique combination of essential nutrients, dietary fiber and phytochemicals.
- More vitamin C per serving than an orange and 140% of the daily value
- A good source of fiber – 3 grams
- Folate and potassium, along with a variety of health-promoting antioxidants
- Just 7 grams of sugar
Delicious in both sweet and savory dishes, or by themselves, strawberries are a versatile fruit that can be enjoyed in every meal of the day. By just adding strawberries to simple, everyday recipes, it’s easy to boost nutrition and make a difference in overall health. Here are two simple, nutritious and delicious ways to incorporate strawberries into your diet this year.
Don’t have much time, but want to eat healthy? Here are a couple easy, but totally tasty recipes to try:
For more information on California strawberries, as well as creative and inspiring recipes, visit http://www.californiastrawberries.com. With so many ways to incorporate strawberries into a healthy diet in 2016, it’s easy to make it stick—and reap all the health benefits, too.
For the latest nutrition news on strawberries, visit: http://www.strawberrynutritionnews.com/
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