The Red Edge for good health
The direction of current research suggests that eating just eight
strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure,
reduce the risk of some cancers and support cognitive function.
No wonder people equate strawberries with nutritional power!
Nutrient density is one way to look
at the health edge a food provides. In fact, when it comes to vitamin
C and sugar content, strawberries have The Red Edge over other top-selling
fruits. And, being so low in calories, strawberries are a favorite,
naturally sweet snack allowed in popular low-carbohydrate diet plans.
is considered by the American Heart Association to be
important for heart health. Epidemiological studies have reported
that people who eat higher amounts of total fiber have a lower risk
of heart disease and hypertension.
is an important nutrient to balance electrolytes, aid
muscle contractions and maintain healthy blood pressure.
(including vitamin C) are key to warding off chronic diseases and
promoting optimum health. Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC)
tests show that the antioxidants in strawberries are efficiently
absorbed within one hour after being eaten. Once absorbed, antioxidants
fight free radicals - rogue compounds that can cause chronic illnesses.
Strawberries are among
the top three fresh fruits that provide this healthy antioxidant
boost, which is one reason why they may help prevent cancer and
may prevent some types of birth defects. It also reduces
serum levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that may be an independed
risk factor in heart disease.
In addition to traditional
nutrients, strawberries are also rich in phenolic compounds such
as flavonoids and ellagic acid, wich are the focus of intense study
due to their antioxidant and anticancer properties. The majority
of flavonoids in strawberries are anthocyanins, the compounds responsible
for the red color of berries.
including quercetin, kaempferol and anthocyanins have been shown
to inhibit platelet aggregation, an abnormal "clumping"
of the blood particles responsible for clotting. These flavonoids
appear to slow the clotting process, thereby decreasing the tendency
to form clots and reducing the risk of stroke.
Strawberries have the
Red Edge amonth the top five fruits
140g. serving of eight medium-sized strawberries contains:
- 140% of the Daily Value for
Vitamin C, which is more than that contained in one orange.
- 12% of the Daily Value for
- A recognized source of folate
- Only 45 calories.
- Only 7 grams of sugards, lowest
among the top-selling fruits.
- No fat grams.
the Color Way:
- Health researchers have determined
that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables leads to reduced
risk of heart disease and cancer.
- The produce for Better Health
Foundation and the National Cancer Institute
supporth this research, and recommend eating at least five servings
of fruits and vegetables a day.
- The California Strawberry
Commission strongly supports the 5-A-Day program.
a serving a day of California Strawberries can give your health
an edge - The Red Edge.
*All above Nutrition Facts provided
by California Strawberry Commission