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Chocolate Covered Strawberries



Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate covered strawberries are a common gift on Valentine’s Day. I was recently given, by a very sweet friend, a box of chocolate-covered strawberries. As a dietitian, I had to, of course, read the nutritional information, I was shocked! Check out the nutritional comparison between 1 ¼ cups fresh strawberries versus 1 Premium Chocolate covered strawberry:

 

Strawberries, Fresh, Whole, Natural

Fancy, Swizzled, Premium, Milk and Dark and All Dark Strawberries

Amount

1¼ cup (5-6 large)

1 Strawberry

Calories

60

210

Carbohydrate (Grams)

15

24

Fiber

2

<0.5

Protein (Grams)

0.5

<0.5

Fat (Grams)

0

13

 Knowledge is power and this just might be the knowledge you need to turn your power into action for enjoying food in its as-natural-as-possible state!


Strawberries are a super food! With their vibrant red hue and delectable sweetness, strawberries aren't just a treat for the taste buds—they are a powerhouse of nutrients with a myriad of health benefits. Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, strawberries are more than just a delightful addition to your diet; they contribute to overall well-being.


Strawberries:

  • Are a high antioxidant fruit! (anthocyanins, quercetin, and ellagic acid.)

  • Stop free-radicals (bad guys) that oxidize cholesterol in their tracks! A potential shield against chronic diseases and premature aging.

  • Reduces risk of cancer!

  • Can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels!

  • Are low in calories but high in water and fiber content, making them an excellent choice for those aiming to manage or lose weight.

  • Promote a feeling of fullness, reducing the likelihood of overeating.

  • Improve circulation, prevents arteriosclerosis, for a happier, healthier heart![1]

  • May reduce risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus by 18%[2] and decrease insulin resistance! Despite their sweetness, strawberries are low on the glycemic index!

  • High in vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, iron, and fiber, enhancing the body's ability to fight infections and illnesses, contributing to a robust immune system!

  • Have an alkalizing effect!

  • Promote regular bowel movements and can help prevent constipation!

  • May contribute to healthier and more youthful skin, protecting the skin from damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollutants!

  • Facilitate the removal of uric acid, therefore beneficial for treating gout!

  • Support brain health, potentially improving memory and reducing cognitive decline associated with aging!


Incorporating strawberries into your daily diet isn't just a delightful culinary choice; it's a decision that can positively impact your overall health. From supporting your immune system to promoting heart health and contributing to radiant skin, the nutritional symphony of strawberries is one worth savoring. So, why not enjoy this sweet and nutritious fruit for a berrylicious boost to your well-being?


If you would like to learn more about improving your nutrition and health, click the link below!

 

References:

[1] Dr. Roger D. Pamplona-Roger, MD, Encyclopedia of Foods and their Healing Power, 2006

[2] European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “Associations of dietary intakes of anthocyanins and berry fruits with risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies”

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