Daily News: Nutrition

Reasons you should eat strawberries [Diet]

Times of India

02-20-14

Winter is here and it is the season of strawberries. This deep red, heart-shaped fruit that has its origins in France, is not only delicious to eat but is packed with nutrients that offer a range of health benefits. Here are few reasons why you should include them in your diet.

Boosts your immunity

Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C, which helps boost your immunity and protects you from infections. Just one cup of strawberries meets 100 per cent of your daily requirement of Vitamin C.

Prevents heart disease

Strawberries have nutrients like flavonoids and antioxidants which prevent the buildup of bad cholesterol which can clog your arteries. Additionally, these nutrients have anti-inflammation properties which is good for the heart.

Prevents constipation and diabetes

When you have constipation, it is important that you consume fibre in order to clear your bowel movements. Also, fibre helps regulate your blood sugar levels making it a great food for diabetics and those who want to prevent diabetes alike.

Fights cancer

Like most fruits and vegetables, strawberries too are high in antioxidants which help in fighting cancer. Strawberries have antioxidants like lutein and zeathanacins which suppresses the growth of cancer cells.

Helps you lose weight

Strawberries are extremely low in calories, with a cup having just 53 calories. Also, they have fibre which can leave you feeling fuller if you have them before a meal. Not only this, the high Vitamin C content help boost your metabolism which helps your body burn the calories faster.

Boosts memory

Fisetin, a naturally occurring flavonoid present in strawberries helps enhance memory by stimulating the signaling pathways. A research says that eating two or more servings of strawberries per week can delay memory decline in ageing women.

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