Strawberries

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The strawberry is often called ‘the queen of fruits” with good reason. Considered to be a nutrient dense ‘superfood’, these juicy heart-shaped delights have much more to offer beyond just their sweetness and flavor.

California Produces 80 percent of the Nation’s Strawberry Crops

It has been said that the flavor of a strawberry is influenced by the weather in which it is grown.  If this is the case, then we can only conclude that the warm California sunshine that permeates the land also produces the sweetest and most amazing California strawberries!

The fruit of a strawberry plant is packed with beneficial nutrients, particularly Vitamin C and flavonoids. One cup of strawberries contains between 45 and 50 calories. Strawberries are over 90% water, 7% carbohydrates, and about 2% fiber. California strawberries are available January through November, with peak quality and supply from March to May.  Read on to discover more interesting health benefits of the California strawberry.

7 Great Health Benefits of Strawberries

1.Strawberries Boost Short Term Memory

It has been proven that the anthocyanins in strawberries boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks. (The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry)

2.Strawberries Ease Inflammation

Strawberries lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. In a study, women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of CRP. (Harvard School of Public Health.)

3.Strawberries Lower Cardiovascular Disease

Flavonoids — which are responsible for the colour and flavour of strawberries — lower the risk for heart disease.

4.Strawberries Promote Bone Health
Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health.

5.Strawberries Boast Anti-Aging Properties

Strawberries are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which protects the elastic fibers in our skin to prevent sagging.

6.Strawberries Help with Weight Loss
The compound nitrate found in strawberries promotes blood flow and oxygen in our body, which is great for weight loss.

7.Strawberries are Good for Eye Health
Eating three or more servings of fruit like strawberries may lower the risk of macular degeneration, a condition resulting in vision loss. (Archives of Ophthalmology)

Strawberry Fun Facts

  • Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.
  • On average, there are 200 seeds in a strawberry.
  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  • In ancient Roman times, the strawberry was a symbol for the goddess of beauty, love, and fertility.

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