12 Reasons to LOVE Strawberries

We already know strawberries are delicious, but there are many reasons why you should love strawberries other than the wonderful feeling they give your tastebuds!

Here are 12 reasons why strawberries are great!

1. Strawberries have a rich and long history:

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Strawberries have been served for an extremely long time, with accounts dating back to the Roman era!

Being found in many parts of the world, hundreds of varieties of strawberries exist due to crossbreeding.

This is in part thanks for a pretty awesome dude called Amedee Francois Frazier who was a French Military Engineer, Mathematician, Spy, Explorer & Strawbs enthusiast.

He decided to bring back samples of strawberries found on a trip to South America – which resulted in a cross breeding of these samples into the sweet, juicy, hybrid we’ve come to know and love today!

2. There are 9 different varieties of strawberries! Each with their own flavour signature, colour, size and season.

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These include:

3. Strawberries are high in Vitamin C – an antioxidant which helps boost Immunity!

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One serving of strawberries contains approximately 51.5mg of Vitamin C, about 1/2 the daily requirement!

4. Strawberries are great for eyes!

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The body uses vitamin C to protect them from exposure to free-radicals from the sun’s UV rays, which can damage the eyes. Vitamin C also helps to strengthen the eye’s cornea and retina.

5. A cancer fighter!

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Another great use for the Vitamin C found in strawberries is cancer prevention, as vitamin C helps protect the bodys’ immune system.

Another cancer fighter found in Vitamin C is elegiac acid. Elegiac acid helps prevent the binding of carcinogens to DNA and strengthens connective tissue, which may help keep cancer from spreading.

6. Keeping wrinkles at bay!

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Vitamin C is at it again, aiding in the production of collagen which helps to improve the skin’s elasticity and resilience.

7. Fighting Bad Cholesterol

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Elegiac acid and Flavonoids found in strawberries can provide an antioxidant effect that can benefit the heart in various ways, including counteracting the effect of low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

They also provide an anti-inflammatory effect which is good for the heart.

8. Inflammation

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The antioxidants and phytochemicals in strawberries may also help to reduce the inflammation of the joints, which may cause arthritis.

A study from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that women who eat 16 or more strawberries are 14% less likely to have elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) – an indication of inflammation in the body. While 14% isn’t a lot, it definitely helps accompanied with a healthy diet.

9. Blood Pressure Regulator

Strawberries have a medium level source of Potassium, another heart healthy nutrient, which can help to regulate blood pressure by acting as a buffer against the negative effects of sodium.

10. Fibre Boosters

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Strawberries contain on average about 2g per serving of fibre, which is important for regular bowel movement.

11. Low in fat

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Strawberries, like most of their cousins in the berry family are low in fat, averaging around 0.3g per serve. Berries are commonly suggested as a good choice for weight loss in a healthy diet as they are low in fat, and high in nutrients.

12. Based on collective 2011 data, the world produced 4,594,539 tonnes of strawberries!

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That’s a lot of strawberries!

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