Most of us might have seen, tasted and enjoyed the flavor and sweetness of the small fruit called Strawberries. The interesting aspect about this sweet and soft red-colored fruit is the seed-studded surface that makes it more attractive to the eyes as well.
Besides the attractive color and the sweetness, strawberries offer a number of invaluable benefits to the health, and one should consider consuming it to reap the benefits for good and healthy life.
Strawberries are a excellent source for Vitamin C and also include nutrients like folata and potassium in good amounts. The interesting part is that the sweet fruit is low in calorie content but provides good amount of fiber. The fruit is also a source for providing anti-cancer bioflavonoids.
According to nutrition experts, one cup of strawberries contain around 40 calories. However, the content of Vitamin C in the fruit is relatively high. One cup of strawberries contains as much as 90 milligrams of Vitamin C, equivalent to 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of RDA for medium-aged people. In addition to low calories and high Vitamin C content, a cup of strawberries provides about 30 micrograms of folate, 250 milligrams of potassium, 3 grams of fiber and reasonable amount of iron as well as riboflavin.
Not only are the studded seeds an attraction to the fruit, they provide insoluble fiber to the body which is useful in preventing constipation. However, people suffering with intestinal disorders such as diverticulosis should avoid consuming this sweet fruit.
Besides the insoluble fiber content, strawberries also contain some soluble fiber, including pectin, that are helpful in lowering cholesterol in the body. In addition, strawberries also contain bioflavonoids such as ellagic acid and red anthocyanin, that are found to be useful in preventing certain types of cancer.. Strawberries can be consumed either in raw state, after cleanly washing, or in a cooked state. Contrary to misconceptions, cooking strawberries does not destroy the ellagic acid or other nutrients, but will be more beneficial. One thing that needs to be always borne in mind is that the sweet fruit of strawberries obviously have high suga content.
One more interesting aspect of strawberries is that they can be stored in a refrigerator for a few days without being sliced, as sliced strawberries stored for more days might gradually lose the vital Vitamin C content in it.
One should bear in mind that strawberies do have some minor disadvantages as well. The fruit contains natural salicylate and allergen that might cause allergy to some of the people. Also found in the fruit is oxalic acid, that might reduce the ability of the body to absorb calcium and iron as well as aggravate the stones present, if any, in the bladder and the kidney.
It is advisable to purchase only organic varieties of this sweet fruit as some of the fruits contain relatively high percentage of pesticide residues.