The ABC’s of Strawberries

Before we jump ahead and talk about more interesting things like berry picking and berry recipes that will make you merry, I thought that it might be helpful to look at the benefits of including berries in your diet…

So let’s look closely at the ABC’s of strawberries…

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A…Antioxidants…Berries are a great source of antiIoxidants. Antioxidants are important for helping to prevent heart disease, cancer and age-related blindness. The berries that contain the most antioxidants are blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

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B…Blood Pressure…Berries contain antioxidants that help prevent high blood pressure.

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D…Diabetes….Berries are a good option for diabetics because they typically have less sugar than other types of fruit.

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F…Fiber…Berries are a good source of fiber, particulary the soluble fiber that helps slow down the movement of food through your digestive tract so that you are less hungry and feel full faster. Here are the fiber and carb contents for a cup of different types of berries…

  • Blackberries: 10.2 grams of carbs, 5.3 of which are fiber
  • Blueberries: 14.5 grams of carbs, 2.4 of which are fiber
  • Raspberries: 11.9 grams of carbs, 6.5 of which are fiber
  • Strawberries: 7.7 grams of carbs, 2.0 of which are fiber

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H…Heart Health…Berries can reduce your chances of having a heart attack.

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I…Insulin Levels…Berries may protect you from having high blood sugar levels and improve your insulin response.

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M…Mental Health…Berries contain anthocyanins, the flavonoids that give them their color. These flavanoids help keep your mind sharp as you age. People can postpone mental decline by about 2 ½ years by eating berries. Berries can also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease because berries protect you from the damaging build-up of toxins over time.

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P…Parkinson’s…Eating at least two servings of berries per week can decrease your chances of developing Parkinson’s disease by twenty-five percent.

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P…Potassium…Berries, especially currants and gooseberries, are great sources of the mineral called potassium that helps lower blood pressure.

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V…Vitamins and Minerals…One cup of strawberries contains an entire day’s worth of heart-healthy vitamin C …in fact one cup of strawberries provides 150%RDI for vitamin C….as well as a high content of the vitamin B, which is important for helping keep arteries clear.

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U…Urinary Tract Infections…Berries, especially cranberries, can help prevent urinary tract infections.

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W…Weight Control…Berries help make you feel fuller faster.

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