At long last, berry season has arrived, and there’s nothing quite like the sweet taste of a fresh strawberry to remind of one of summers gone by.
Unlike many of the things we fondly remember from youth, though, there are plenty of reasons to keep eating strawberries since – gasp! – they’re healthy for you.
Michelle Schoffro Cook at Care2 has nine reasons to indulge your berry cravings with this sweet classic.
1. They’re antioxidant powerhouses. Actually, as fruits go, strawberries have the fourth highest level of antioxidants of foods recently tested. Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals linked to aging and disease.
2. They’re excellent sources of vitamin C which boosts the strength of arteries, prevents bruising, and strengthens your body’s stress glands—the adrenals—which require the highest levels of vitamin C of all organs or glands in your body. Eight strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange.
3. Strawberries have been shown in studies to regulate blood sugar levels. Eating one cup of fresh strawberries caused a significant reduction in blood sugar spikes. Blood sugar spikes are linked with weight gain, mood swings, diabetes, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). That’s because the spikes are followed by plummeting blood sugar levels soon afterward.
Full story at Care2.
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