Health Benefits of the Strawberry
all know strawberries are delicious, but they are also nutritious, and ideally
should be a part of everyone's daily diet. You'll enjoy some health advantages
by eating strawberries regularly, and the best part is strawberries are one of
the most delicious fruits.
The USDA recommends that every American eat
at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, but unfortunately,
most people don't even come close to that. Adding fresh strawberries to your diet,
whether they are in salads, smoothies, or on their own, is a great way to get
the servings of fruit you need for a well-rounded body and a healthy immune system.
so nutritionally good about strawberries?
Strawberries contain a range
of nutrients, with vitamin C heading the group. They also contain significant
levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which fight free radicals. These antioxidant
properties are believed to be linked to what makes the strawberry bright red.
So what are these weird free radicals? Free radicals are elements that can
damage cells, and they are thought to contribute to the formation of many kinds
In addition to vitamin C, strawberries also provide an excellent
source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin,
vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
many uses for strawberries!
Strawberries are among the most versatile
of fresh fruits. Unfortunately, they are quite perishable as well. So purchase
fresh strawberries only a few days before they are to be eaten. When strawberries
are in season locally this is rarely a problem. But at other times of the year,
it may be necessary to make due with frozen strawberries, which lose much if not
all of their nutrition.
At the produce section choose strawberries that
are plump firm and free of mold and have a deep red color. Unlike other fruits,
strawberries do not continue to ripen after they are picked, so be sure to choose
the ripest, reddest strawberries, as they will provide the best taste and the
highest nutrient density. Many people find that medium sized strawberries are
sweeter and more flavorful than larger ones. When buying pre-packaged strawberries,
be sure that the berries have not been packed too tightly, as this could cause
them to be crushed or otherwise damaged.
Handle strawberries properly
and store them well after they have been purchased. Like all fruit, strawberries
should be washed thoroughly prior to eating or storage. Any strawberries that
show signs of mold should be discarded at once, as they will contaminate the remaining
strawberries. The strawberries should be placed in a bowl, covered with plastic
wrap, and kept in the refrigerator. Fresh strawberries will keep in the fridge
for a few days.
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