Enjoyed on their own, strawberries are heavenly. Combined with other
ingredients to make for a sweet treat, they’re twice as great. No wonder strawberries
are popular anytime, anywhere.
But do you know there’s more to the
strawberry than just being a plate-pleaser? Nutrition experts have identified several
health benefits of strawberries that can be enjoyed by everyone form infanticipating moms
to fitness watchers.
- One serving of strawberries contains 20 percent of the
recommended daily allowance (RDA) of folic acid, a water soluble B vitamin that has been
proven to reduce birth defects involving brain and nerve disorders.
- Strawberries are likewise rich in vitamin C, a potent
antioxidant that helps protect against aging and oral, esophageal, stomach, colon and lung
cancers. Nutrition experts say that eight medium strawberries provide 96 milligrams of
vitamins C or 160 percent of the recommended daily intake, which is more than an orange
can provide. U. S. studies also indicate that a strawberry’s antioxidant capacity is
seven times more than those found in apples or bananas and twice that in oranges and
- Figure conscious? Then take a serving of strawberries.
According to the United States FDA, they’re sodium-free, fat-free and cholesterol
- Strawberries also help you fiber up. Health experts say one
cup of strawberries contains 4 grams of dietary fiber, which helps lower blood
cholesterol, the risk of heart disease and colon cancer, and promote a healthy digestive