What are They?
The discovery of this beautiful bright colored berry dates back to Europe in the 18th century. Although strawberries have become increasingly available year-round, they are at the peak of their season from April through July when they are the most delicious and most abundant. (1)
What are the Benefits?
Low in carbohydrates and sugar as compared to other fruits
- Fresh strawberries are very high in water, so their total carb content is very low — fewer than 8 grams of carbs per 3.5 ounces (100 grams).(2)
- Relative to the total number of carbs and calories within strawberries, they are extremely high in fiber which indicates they do not cause blood sugar spikes when consumed (we talked about this in more detail here and here). As we’ve talked about, imbalances in blood sugar regulation and high-sugar diets are associated with an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
High in antioxidants
High in key vitamins and minerals
- It’s not a surprise that Vitamin C is major key for optimal health and well-being. According to this article, strawberries have 136% of the RDA of vitamin C, an effective antioxidant that can help lower blood pressure, ensure a healthy immune system, and ward off the development of age-related eye diseases.(5)
Reduced risk of cancer
- Everything causes cancer these days so it’s more crucial than ever to do as much as you can to avoid it. The specific antioxidants have received considerable attention and have been linked to numerous health benefits like fighting bacteria preventing cancer (29).
How Do I Buy Them?
Organic, organic, organic. Strawberries are number ONE on the ‘dirty dozen‘ list of foods with the more exposure to pesticides and chemicals (that means, if you aren’t eating organic, you’re likely consuming toxins that you really do not want in your body). The bottom line: wash them thoroughly before use and trust your source!
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