Strawberries Pack a Nutritional Punch: Vitamin C, Folate and Potassium Provide The Red Edge for Health
With most Americans falling short of 5 A Day recommendations, new research gives people additional reasons to eat more strawberries. Two separate studies presented at the 2003 American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition reveal that in addition to being low in fat and calories, strawberries are naturally high in fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium and antioxidants, making them a sweet alternative boost to total body wellness.
One Serving a Day...
Dr. Gene Spiller, Nutrition and Health Research Center, recently released data showing that when people eat a daily serving of strawberries (about 8 berries; 45 calories) they are maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system, findings that amplify the importance of including strawberries as part of a heart-healthy diet. In addition, earlier findings showed that strawberries are high in antioxidants such as ellagic acid and anthocyanins, the red pigment in strawberries, which is further evidence that strawberries provide an edge for promoting heart health.
"The body of evidence showing a health benefit of strawberries continues to grow," said Dr. Fulgoni. "This latest research demonstrates that people who eat strawberries may be benefiting from their many nutrients, which may help maintain a healthy heart."
...And They Taste So Good
While long-term health benefits are compelling, for some, the immediate reward is equally fulfilling. A nutrient dense fruit, strawberries also have the added benefit of great taste while being high in fiber. Their versatility and adaptability add interest, lively color and flavor to either indulgent or healthy recipes. Fresh, frozen or dried, eaten alone or tossed into cereal, salads or yogurt, strawberries naturally add a nutritional edge to an ordinary meal or snack.
Strawberries are available year-round, offering the perfect opportunity for consumers to add great taste and nutrition to their everyday, healthy diet. While research shows that 94 percent of Americans currently consume strawberries annually, this recent research strongly suggests that consuming them more often will be beneficial to their overall long-term health.
California is the largest producer of domestically grown strawberries, supplying 88 percent of the strawberries grown in the United States. On average, over 30,000 acres in the state produce over one billion pounds of fresh and frozen strawberries.
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