6 Interesting facts about strawberries
Perhaps you knew, or maybe not, but not bad to remind ourselves – especially as it is now strawberry season, that the strawberries belong to the healthiest foods in general.
They are extremely rich in nutrients. They can be even called “superfood”, and are in no way inferior to exotic products which are so called mainly for commercial reasons. They are rich in fiber, potassium, folic acid. A cup of strawberries contains 160% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C and are rich in bioactive components and antioxidants, flavonoids, which acts as an extremely favorable effect on the organism. A cup of strawberries (about 8 pieces) contains only 50 calories!
Contribute to weight loss. Studies Harvard School of Public Health, which has included more than 124,000 health workers, found that the participants who consumed the most flavonoids least gained weight over time. A strawberry is an excellent source of flavonoids and a low-calorie food.
Contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Several studies have indicated that eating strawberries reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers believe that a combination of vitamin C, folate, potassium and flavonoids berries contributes to lower bad cholesterol, reduce inflammation and contribute to lowering blood pressure. One study, which followed middle-aged women, found that those who ate at least three servings of strawberries a week reduced the risk of heart attack by more than 30%.
Contribute to lowering blood sugar levels. Research has revealed the following: if the berries are eaten before a meal rich in sugars, they mitigate the reaction of the organism to sugar from food. Sugar levels do not to jump suddenly. It is believed that this is one of the main ways in which the berries can reduce the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes type 2.
Healthy brain. Numerous studies carried out on animals have shown the following: when strawberries are added to the food, they help in improving their orientation in space, memory, and comprehension. Some researchers have proven that a certain flavonoids from berries can help to prevent the decline of memory, and several studies indicate that this fruit may reduce the risk of memory impairment associated with aging.
They are covered with hundreds of seeds. Tiny dots which cover the strawberries are actually seeds – strawberry is the only fruit that has seeds on the outside. Each individual berry contains approximately 200 seeds that are also a useful source of plant fiber.
Best kept with leaves. The berries will be best preserved if the green stem and leaves are not removed before placing them in the refrigerator. Tear them off just before washing and eating the strawberries.
Strawberries can be prepared in many ways, for example, strawberries and cream, cake with strawberries, can be added to muesli, pancakes, in smoothies. Dip strawberries in chocolate – that’s brilliant and extremely healthy candy and children loves them.
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