Strawberries are one of the most popular berries in the world and are grown primarily in the United States, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and Canada.
There are over six hundred varieties of strawberry, all of which have the unique appearance of wearing their seeds on the outside instead of on the inside.
The most common variety is called the Garden Strawberry, which is the one you are most likely to see in your local grocery store.
The strawberry is nutritious as well as delicious. In a nutrient density analysis done by the American college of Nutrition, strawberries placed in the top three fruits. The ranking was based on each fruit’s ability to provide recommended amounts of 9 nutrients deemed essential.
Every day, research confirms that strawberries are an important part of a healthy diet.
Strawberries are a fantastic source of Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and dietary fiber. And of course they’re fat, sodium and cholesterol-free plus the strawberry is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidant and
anti-cancer substances. Fortunately for strawberry lovers, one serving of berries offers 85 mg of vitamin C, or 160% of the Recommended Daily Value.
The heart-healthy and anti-cancer power of organic strawberries comes from their phytonutrient content, while the potassium in strawberries helps maintain normal blood pressure.
Research also shows that individuals who eat strawberries on a regular basis have higher blood levels of folate, vitamin C and phytonutrients, and a higher intake of fiber than those who don’t eat strawberries. So, it appears that including strawberries in your diet might just help you achieve and maintain a lowered risk for developing certain diseases.
Eating just one serving of strawberries, or about eight of these sweet fruits per day, may help improve heart health, lower the risk of developing some cancers and lower blood pressure.