Authentic Food of the Day: Strawberries!

Juicy and fresh strawberries are such a treat from Mother Nature. They were popular during the time of pilgrims, who described them to be “the wonder of all fruits growing naturally.” Strawberries are enjoyed raw, in salads, desserts, or in a breakfast recipe. There are over 600 varieties of strawberries that differ in size, flavor, and texture. Strawberries contain vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, copper, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, folate, vitamin B6, potassium and vitamins B2 and B5. Strawberries also contain a concentrated source of nutrients that make them a good for promoting good heart health. These berries have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and can protect the brain from oxidative stress. The vitamin C in strawberries may promote joint health not only because it is a powerful antioxidant but because it is necessary for an enzyme that promotes the production of collagen.

DID YOU KNOW:

- The ellagitannin content of strawberries has been associated with decreased rates of death from cancer. In one study, strawberries were shown to significantly inhibit the proliferation of human liver cancer cells.

- Always purchase organic strawberries. They are grown low to the ground which makes them a tasty treat for bugs. That’s why they are often heavily sprayed with pesticides.

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