One of the top summer fruits that many people start adding into their diets during the warmer months are strawberries. This is an excellent food since not only is it low in calories thus easy to add into almost any diet but it offers a very sweet taste that will instantly kill your cravings.
Whether eaten on their own or added into other dishes, for most people strawberries should be on the menu.
Let’s take a quick look at all the nutritional benefits that strawberries have to offer.
Major Nutrients Found In Strawberries:
Due to the fact that strawberries are a fruit, you’re going to find they are virtually fat and protein free. Most fruits are almost 100% carbohydrates, so that’s the first factor to know about the overall nutritional they contain.
Second, one major nutrient found in strawberries is vitamin C, which is going to work as a strong antioxidant in the body helping promote a healthy immune system and reducing any free radical damage your body may experience.
In addition to this, strawberries are also an excellent source of manganese, iodine, potassium, folate, vitamin B2 and B5 and will also supply you with almost 15% of your daily fiber intake per serving.
Another great benefit that you’ll get from the high vitamin C content of strawberries is protection against macular degeneration, so if that’s a concern you currently have, you’ll definitely want to double up on this food in your diet.
Finally, those who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis should also consider adding strawberries to their day as foods with vitamin C tend to help those with inflammatory diseases and relieve some of their painful symptoms.
Since strawberries won’t last for all that long, you want to be sure that you purchase them as fresh as possible. Choose the berries that have a very nice deep red color to them without any sunken or soft looking brownish colored spots.
If they a somewhat lighter red color or are still even slightly yellow this indicates that they have not yet fully ripened. Unfortunately strawberries will not ripen any further after they have been picked however so in this case you’ll want to pass on that particular batch of berries.
Once you’ve purchased them you’ll want to store them in the fridge, removing any strawberries that are currently starting to go mouldy as that can quickly transfer over to the others and ruin the entire pint.
These are best to be left unwatched and unhulled until you’re ready to use them in their original container or on a plate with a paper towel over and plastic wrap over them.
Eat Them With:
Strawberries can be eaten on their own, served with a bowl of yogurt, added to any other desserts, sliced over your cereal, tossed in a salad, or any other way you choose. This fruit is one of the most versatile fruits available so you can surely find a great tasting way to fit them into your day.
Burn Off Calories In Strawberries
To burn off the number of calories in strawberries you would have to do:
- 4 minutes of badminton
- 3 minutes of cycling
- 10 minutes of ab exercises