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
- 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.
Harvard School of Public Health.
American Diabetes Association.
Journal of Nutrition Research. 2010.