Strawberries have been labelled as the most antioxidant fruit! Strawberries stop free radicals that oxidize lipoproteins (cholesterol) in their tracks. Want to lower cancer risk, blood pressure, cholesterol, or inflammation levels and at the same time improve circulation and have a happy, healthy heart? Eat strawberries! A serving size is 1¼ cup (60 calories, 15 grams carbohydrates). High in vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, iron, fiber and antioxidants, strawberries also have an alkalizing effect and facilitate the removal of uric acid and are therefore also beneficial for treating gout.
According to Dr. Roger D. Pamplona-Roger, MD, in his three volume, Encyclopedia of Foods and their Healing Power;
“Eating strawberries regularly during the spring and the first months of summer
helps prevent arteriosclerosis and avert its further development.
Strawberries should be included in the diet of those who
have suffered a heart attack or angina pectoris,
as well as when there is poor circulation to the cerebral arteries or
to those of the lower limbs.”
In a recent study, printed in the 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”, revealed data from approximately 400K individuals suggesting that eating berries may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus by 18%! The potential benefits were linked to anthocyanins antioxidants in the berries, as well as the anti-inflammatory responses and physiological pathways to reduce blood glucose and insulin resistance! Taking a supplement of anthocyanins did not have the same risk-reduction effect. The whole is better than any sum of its parts.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner chocolate covered strawberries are a common favorite at this time of year. Now I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but I do want you to succeed in your health goals!
I was recently given, by a very sweet friend, a box of chocolate-covered strawberries. As a dietitian, of course, I had to read the nutritional information. Here is the nutritional comparison between 1 Serving Strawberry, Natural vs. One “Fancy, Swizzled, Premium, Milk and Dark and All Dark Strawberries”;
5-6 Large Strawberries (1¼ cup)
1"Fancy, Swizzled, Premium, Milk & Dark & All Dark Strawberries"
Knowledge is Power and this just might be the knowledge you need to turn on your power into portion-control! Learn to enjoy food in its, as-natural-as-possible state! Need a little sweetener, try adding a little bit of stevia!
Wishing you Abundant Health!
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