Nutrition Tip of the Month

Serve Up the Health Benefits of Strawberries

Close to half a million people will attend the Wimbledon Championship in London, England, this summer. For two weeks, they’ll see the world’s best tennis players battle it out at the most-watched tennis match in the world.

But tennis won’t be the only thing enthralling people during the event. Those half a million spectators will also be enjoying Wimbledon strawberries. Hungry fans will have eaten close to 62,000 pounds of strawberries by the time the winners are announced. Fresh-picked the day before they’re served, strawberries have been part of the iconic tennis match for a long time. But these bright red berries promise more than just good taste.

  • Strawberries are rich in vitamin C that can strengthen the immune system. They also contain antioxidants that can help prevent certain types of cancer, and slow memory loss as you age.
  •  Studies also show that eating strawberries can help lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Strawberries also contain fiber that can help you lose weight and lower your cholesterol. If you can’t make it to Wimbledon for tennis and a bowl of berries, enjoy them at home.
  •  Add strawberries to cereal or yogurt. Make a fruit smoothie. Buy strawberries fresh or frozen, or try growing them on your own. Ideally, eat a cup of berries every day, along with other fruits and vegetables for best health.

Sources: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2011.
Harvard School of Public Health.
American Diabetes Association.
Journal of Nutrition Research. 2010.

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