In the 1700’s strawberries were only enjoyed by the wealthy. It was only after railways were built in the 19th century that they were able to reach the masses. Among the common berries in the world, strawberries are the most popular.
The chocolate covered strawberry is a symbol of class and romance. They are enjoyed in fancy dessert recipes world-wide and eaten raw on every occasion. But strawberries are so much more. They are nutrient rich and healthy on many different levels.
- Diabetes Prevention
- Heart Healthy
- Cancer Prevention
Prevent Diabetes– Strawberries are low glycemic. That means they prevent any spikes in your blood glucose level and regulate your blood sugar. Preventing blood sugar spikes is the key to avoiding type II diabetes. You can actually reverse the onset of diabetes with a low glycemic diet and avoid the disease altogether. Strawberries are part of this low glycemic diet, which is the best way to eat for many reasons.
Antioxidants– Strawberries have a long list of antioxidants that work together to neutralize free radicals. They include Anthocyanins, Flavonols, Hydroxy-benzoic acids, Hydroxy-cinnamic acids, and Tannins to just name a few. Antioxidants reduce the oxidation of fats in our blood cells to reduce circulating fats and bad cholesterol.
Anti-Inflammatory– The same phytonutrients mentioned above are also known anti-inflammatories. Many cardiac and cancer related illnesses are caused by inflammation. By eating powerful anti-inflammatory foods your body can repair damaged cells and heal itself.
Heart Healthy– The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient content of strawberries are at the top of the list. Food researchers have performed extensive tests on strawberries and similar fruits like raspberries and cranberries. The outcome is always the same. Antioxidants are very heart healthy. They can repair damage from high cholesterol and atherosclerosis.
Cancer Prevention– Excessive oxidative stress (absence of antioxidants) is a primary factor in the development of many types of cancer. A diet rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories protect our cells from mutating cancer cells.
Did You know?
Among the commonly eaten fruits, strawberries rank 4th in their antioxidant contents. Only Raspberries, Cranberries, and Blackberries rank higher. Just 7 strawberries gives you 100% of your daily vitamin C.
Actually strawberries aren’t actually berries. Scientifically speaking, they are derived from a single flower with more than one ovary, making them an aggregate fruit.. And technically bananas are classified as berries. Go ahead, Google it.