Strawberries Health Benefits
Strawberries are one of the healthiest fruits available - they are very rich in vitamin C, soluble and insoluble fibers, various antioxidant compounds, potassium etc. Strawberries are consumed fresh, frozen, in various jellies, juices, smoothies etc. They are the best and healthiest if consumed fresh ...
Strawberries have, per 100g of fruits:
- around 0.8g of protein, 6.5g of carbohydrates, 0.4 of fats and 2g of fibers - around 33 kcal
- around 65mg of vitamin C, 150mg of potassium, 1mg of iron - around 0.5g of minerals
Health Benefits of Strawberries
- strawberries are low calorie fruit, with most of the fruits being water - great for regulating food and sweet cravings when on diet. Can be eaten on low carbs days on Carbohydrate Cycling Diet, just watch for amounts. On medium and high carbohydrate days, one can eat them (almost) freely. On Keto diet, strawberries should be eaten on 'loading' days. If you are not on any kind of a diet, eat strawberries when and how much you want - eating even a half a kilo of strawberries is only 165 calories (mostly from complex carbs).
- soluble fiber in strawberries brings various heart healthy benefits. Soluble fiber (especially pectin) helps lower body's cholesterol levels and reduces risk for heart diseases, strokes, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular health problems.
- both soluble and insoluble fibers help people with irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems by regulating digestion and taking part in many processes in gastrointestinal tract.
- being rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, anthocyanins, flavonoids, phenolic phytochemicals, ellagic acid and other similar compounds, strawberries promote overall well being, healthy looking hair, skin and nails, they help fight various cancers, memory loss, cataract and other similar problems - like most of the berries.
- strawberries also help fight arthritis and gout by helping body in regenerating joints and muscle tissue
- strawberries have sweet taste and kids love them - few times per week or even more often, 150 - 200g of strawberries, will provide every kid with plenty of vitamins, minerals and other macro and micronutrients and will promote their health in the long run.
- folates in strawberries are very beneficial during pregnancy - they promote health of unborn baby and protect woman in pregnancy in many ways (folic acid is oxidized synthetic compound used in food fortification and dietary supplements; folates are various tetrahydrofolate derivatives naturally found in food, strawberries included).
- strawberries are also rich in manganese which is an essential nutrient that acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inﬂammatory agent. By increasing the levels of superoxide dismutase, are enzymes that catalyze the dismutation of superoxide into oxygen and hydrogen peroxide, manganese helps ﬁght against free radicals and oxidative stress and also lessens cellular inﬂammation. Manganese is also great for the bone health, helping in bone building and maintaining proper bone structure. The potassium, vitamin K, and magnesium in strawberries are also important for bone health and help fight arthritis and gout.
Great thing about strawberries is that they are easily grown in flower pots and containers. By choosing ever bearing varieties, every grower using just a little of area can produce enough strawberries for personal use - and no commercial strawberry can be tasty as personally grown strawberry, especially alpine varieties ...