Six new research studies from universities across the U.S. found promising health impacts of consuming everyone’s favorite berry– strawberries.
The research findings include positive outcomes in the important areas of gut, heart, metabolic, and brain health – which is good news all around for strawberry lovers.
Multiple studies show that daily strawberry intake could alter the gut microbiome in just four weeks.
Strawberries’ fiber and polyphenols, which have been identified to have anti-inflammatory properties, may be contributing to the changes in the gut microbiome.
Two studies saw cholesterol improvements in participants at high-risk for heart disease. High LDL cholesterol on its own is not necessarily cause for concern. Instead, the size of the LDL particles comes into play. Small, dense LDL particles raise the risk for heart disease.
A serving of strawberries has a full day’s worth of vitamin C and 5% of the daily value of potassium. The antioxidant effects of vitamin C and potassium’s ability to lower blood pressure may contribute to heart health.
Two studies found that strawberries helped control blood sugar levels.
Strawberries and other berries are considered a top food for a diabetic meal plan because they have fiber, less than 8 grams of sugar per serving, and a low glycemic index.
The final study used data from the Rush Memory and Aging Project to look at associations between strawberry intake among older adults and the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Strawberries are rich in flavonoids – which help the body function more efficiently while protecting against everyday toxins and stressors. The flavonoid “pelargonidin” is thought to be the key nutrient in this study that may be protecting the brain.
It is recommended that individuals eat a serving of 8 strawberries a day. A serving of about 8 strawberries, either fresh or frozen, is only 50 calories and contains the nutrients discussed above- vitamin C, fiber, potassium, flavonoids and folate.
Best ways to enjoy eating your 8-a-day?
Strawberries are so versatile and the perfect fresh ingredient to incorporate into your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or enjoy as a favorite snack. Our recipe page is filled with plenty of delicious inspiration that will keep you enjoying fresh or frozen berries all year-long.
With all of this good news, what’s not to love about the sweet red berry that is naturally shaped like a heart?