Great benefits in strawberries!
Sweetgrass Farms has certainly enjoyed the masses of people coming to pick strawberries lately. We appreciate the intelligence of those who look for clean berries and are teaching their children about clean foods. We thought it would be worthy of our time to do a bit of research on the strawberry and what it offers since it is one of the most popular, refreshing and healthy snacks that we have.
Some highlights to our discoveries include the following:
- Strawberries rank among the top 10 fruits and vegetables in antioxidant capacity.
- The dark red color supplies the high flavonoid content.
- Strawberries boast a high supply of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber.
- One cup of these delicious berries supplies you with 160% of your daily needs for C (94.12 mg) with only 50 calories! Also, in that cup, comes a healthy supply of carbs (11.65 grams), iron ( 0.63 mg), magnesium ( 16.60 mg), Phosphorus (31.54 mg), Potassium ) 44.82 mg), Selenium (1.16 mg), Folate ( 29.38 mg) and Vitamin A (44.82 mg). And even more benefits in a cup are the antioxidants anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin and kaempferol which have all been shown to have protective effects from certain types of cancer.
The health benefits of consuming clean fruits and vegetables like strawberries goes on and on and the risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer goes down. Healthy skin, hair, increased energy and lower body weight must also be included. Heart disease and the risk of heart attacks can be lowered by as much as 32% in young and middle aged women with the highest benefits noticed in women who consumed at least 3 servings of strawberries per week. EASY TO DO! Antioxidants available in strawberries are linked to decrease in strokes as they have all been shown to reduce the formation of harmful blood clots associated with strokes.
These same antioxidants are said to work against free radicals, inhibiting tumor growth and decreasing inflammation in the body.Blood pressure is affected by strawberry intake by helping negate the effects of sodium in the body with high potassium content. These are the highlights. Other benefits of berry eating include relief of constipation, allergies, diabetes and even depression! Sweetgrass Farms is committed to providing YOU with a nice supply of clean tasty strawberries. Together we can become healthier, wiser with our eating habits and enjoy a long mutually beneficial relationship! EAT MORE STRAWBERRIES!