It’s strawberry season here in northern Indiana! We have been picking and enjoying ruby-red strawberries ever since the Pilgrims discovered these gems that were originally planted by Native Americans. Strawberries are low-calorie tasty delights that are packed with health benefits.
Strawberries contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins and ellagitannins. Anthocyanins have the potential to lower pain and inflammation. Ellagitannins have the potential to decrease cancer risks. Studies have shown that ellagic acid causes cancer cells to die, while healthy cells remain unchanged.
Strawberries contain the bone-building nutrients vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, and copper. They boast omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, folate, vitamin B6, and potassium for heart protection.
One cup of strawberries will provide 50 nutrient-dense calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 85 milligrams of vitamin C. In my region of the country, strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in late Spring and early Summer. Take a trip to Strawberry Heaven when you can pick and purchase these treats fresh and in season for optimum nutrition, flavor, and value!
**Go organic whenever possible, as conventional strawberries contain pesticide residue.
Sources: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden
The World’s Healthiest Foods by George Mateljan