Does anyone else wonder why the strawberries you buy at the grocery store look nothing like the hand-picked local berries you get at the farmer’s market? It really makes me wonder what kind of crazy genetics they are putting into making the berries get that large and that “perfect”. These little berries are delicious, just the perfect balance between tart and sweet. YuM!
Some strawberry fun facts!
One cup of strawberries contains over 13% of the RDA of dietary ﬁber, yet only 43 calories. The dietary ﬁber in strawberries helps to keep digestion regular, as well as lowers blood pressure and curbs overeating.
The phenols in strawberries also ﬁght against many inﬂammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis. (In the same way that the drugs aspirin and ibuprofen do.) Strawberries, however, do not carry unwanted side effects like stomach and intestinal bleeding.
The combination of antioxidant and anti-inﬂammatory agents found in strawberries is well-known to ﬁght against the onset of many different forms of cancer.
One cup of strawberries contains an incredible 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 ocular diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Toss some in a salad today! This is mixed greens, strawberries, parmesan shavings, sunflower seeds, and a balsamic vinaigrette with sesame seeds tossed in~