|Sweet, juicy strawberries are one of summer’s most beloved foods. But did you know that they are more than just a delicious treat? Strawberries, like many other richly coloured fruits and vegetables, are a nutritional powerhouse. Each berry delivers generous helpings of several antioxidants and other nutrients.
Naturally sweet, strawberries have fewer than 50 calories and just seven grams of sugar per cup, making them ideal for satisfying a sweet tooth. Each cup of these tasty little ruby-coloured treats contains three grams of soluble fiber, important for regulating blood sugar as well as controlling cholesterol.
Strawberries are also a good source of potassium, a mineral that researchers link to a reduced risk of hypertension and stroke.
They also contain folate, a form of vitamin B9 known for its crucial role in protecting against birth defects. Dietary folate is also thought to ward off heart disease.
Even with all these health benefits, your doctor at Chiropractic for Life points out that antioxidant power is where strawberries really shine. One of the best-known antioxidants, vitamin C, is plentiful in strawberries — in fact, a one cup serving of strawberries provides more vitamin C than an orange.
A balanced diet of whole foods is a critical component of the chiropractic lifestyle. That’s why this office provides regular handouts and educational opportunities on the latest nutrition research. Find out how you can boost your health by calling today for an evaluation.Dr. Barbara Smith