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Health Benefits Of Strawberries

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Health Benefits Of Strawberries


Strawberries are nature's heartfelt gift to our health. Coincidentally, or not, they are also heart-shaped. That kind of explains why it appears on every romantic meal.

Asides the romantic connotations that these fruits have, they are also useful in protecting your heart by lowering your blood pressure, increasing HDL (the good cholesterol) levels in your body and preventing cancer.

They're also an excellent source of vitamin C. Just one serving, which is about 8 strawberries, has more Vitamin C than what you can find in an orange. Additionally, they are rich in fibre, vitamins, manganese and also contain decent amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and potassium.

Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds such as polyphenols, which may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control. As a matter of fact, they are among the top 20 fruits with antioxidant properties.

If you're looking to lose weight or just live healthy, strawberries can be an excellent addition to your diet as they are packed with vitamins. They are also sodium-free, cholesterol-free, fat-free, low-calorie food that can either be consumed raw and fresh or can be used in a variety of jellies, jam, and desserts.

Nutritional Facts


Strawberries consist mainly of water (91%) and carbohydrates (7.7%). They contain only minor amounts of fat (0.3%) and protein (0.7%).

In 100 grams of strawberries, you will find:

  • Calories (32)
  • Water (91%)
  • Carbs (7.7 grams)
  • Sugar (4.9 grams)
  • Fibre (2 grams)
  • Protein (0.7 grams)
  • Fat (0.3 grams)

Carbs


There are less than 8 grams of carbs in 100 grams of strawberries, making their carb content very low. The net digestible carb content of that 8g in the same serving size is about 6g.

The carbs come from simple sugars (like glucose, sucrose, and fructose) and fibre. The glycemic index in strawberries is relatively low (about 40).

What this means is that strawberries should not lead to a spike in blood sugar levels and are safe enough for people with diabetes.

Fibre


Fibre makes up around 26% of the total carb content of strawberries. Every 100 gram of strawberries contains 2 grams of both soluble and insoluble fibre.

Fibres are essential in feeding the friendly bacteria in your intestines and improving your digestive health. They are also crucial in weight loss and can help prevent some diseases.

Vitamins and minerals


Most of the vitamins and minerals present in strawberries are:

  • Vitamin C: Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, an important antioxidant required for immune and skin health.
  • Folate (vitamin B9): Folate is vital for cell function and healthy tissue growth. It is also very essential for pregnant women and older adults.
  • Manganese: Although you can find high amounts of manganese in whole grains, fruits, legumes, and vegetables, this is a trace element that is vital for many processes in your body.
  • Potassium: This mineral is essential in many essential body functions, such as regulating blood pressure.

To a lesser extent, strawberries are also sources of magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, and vitamins B6, E, and K.

Health benefits of strawberries


Strawberries have been associated with a reduced risk of many chronic diseases, including heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer.

Heart health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Studies have found that anthocyanins, a compound present in strawberries, improves heart health.

Strawberries may also:

  • reduce inflammation
  • improve your blood lipid profile
  • decrease oxidative stress
  • improve blood antioxidant status
  • improve vascular function
  • reduce the harmful oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Blood sugar regulation

When you eat carbs, your body breaks them down into simple sugars that can be absorbed into your blood. The body also produces a regulatory hormone called insulin that regulates blood sugar.

High sugar diets and imbalance in blood sugar regulation can increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Strawberries can slow down glucose digestion and reduce the levels of both glucose and insulin in the body after consuming a carb-rich meal. This makes strawberries valuable to reducing type 2 diabetes.

Cancer prevention

Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are often linked to the formation of cancer cells. Strawberries may be useful in preventing different cancer diseases through their ability to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.

With all of these health benefits, strawberries are definitely a welcome addition to any diet.



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BeYAH Fitness
BeYAH Fitness was born out of a desire to reach, educate and inspire a greater number of people than those we coached and worked within our own local community. It gives us the chance to connect with individuals from all over the world and in a form that still personalizes the approach to bring each person what they need for their nutrition at that point in time.