Strawberries are a great fruit to add to any diet with their high antioxidant levels, low sugar content and great taste.
Strawberries are bright red and have an incredibly sweet, natural flavor. They’re especially tasty when eaten perfectly ripe. Unlike most fruits, strawberries contain seeds on the outside of the flesh rather than the inside, and can be eaten without concern.
Strawberries are one of the most popular berries consumed in the US! Strawberries are grown wild or cultivated and can be used in a variety of ways from sweet to savory dishes.
Health Benefits of Strawberries:
The nutrient profile of strawberries has been heavily studied. They have been shown to have cardiovascular benefits, provide blood sugar stabilization and even anti-cancer benefits. We can thank their high antioxidant potency for these benefits!
Additionally, as with most fruits and vegetables, strawberries contain great amounts of fiber. This helps keep our digestive system moving, keeps us fuller for a longer period of time and releases a steady flow of energy into our bodies.
Nutrient Breakdown of Strawberries:
*per 1 cup raw
- Carbohydrates | 12g
- Fiber | 3g
- Vitamin C | 149% DV
- Folate | 9% DV
- Potassium | 7% DV
- Manganese | 29% DV
- Antioxidants | anthocyanins, tannins, flavonols, resveratrol, ellagic acid, catechins, and more.
How To Use:
Strawberries can be used in a variety of ways. Either fresh or frozen, you can try them dipped in warm dark chocolate, freshly sliced on oatmeal or added to water for an addition of flavor.
Like most fruits, strawberries tend to ripen fairly quickly. If you find that they’re frequently getting “too” ripe before you’re able to eat them, simply freeze them for later.
Some individuals are allergic to strawberries and may experience tightness of chest, hives, itchy throat, ears or skin. Strawberries are also a food that’s considered a histamine liberator, meaning it releases histamine in sensitive individuals which can worsen the allergic reaction. Strawberries are also one of the most common Oral Allergy Syndrome fruits.