Antioxidant Tuesdays-Strawberries

3 Jan

Strawberry Antioxidant Power!

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For the next installment of antioxidant Tuesdays, I am going to talk about strawberries.    If you haven’t read an Antioxidant Tuesday post before, it is a series highlighting the 10 foods with the highest amount of antioxidants amongst 100 common foods examined in this study.  So far, we have talked about kidney beanspinto beansblueberriescranberriesartichokesblackberries and prunes.

Health Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries are an antioxidant powerhouse!  They also have few calories per serving and are high in fiber, vitamin C, folate and manganese.   We talked in this post why Vitamin C is to maintain our health.

Studies on Strawberries

  • Strawberry powder was able to reduce cholesterol and increase LDL (good) cholesterol  size in obese subjects.  Thus, it  reduced risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes in these volunteers (source).
  • Daily strawberry consumption was able to increase the antioxidant capacity of healthy volunteers (source)
  • Anthocyanins (a compound in strawberries) are able to reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent some chronic diseases (source)
  • Freeze-dried strawberries were able to decrease cholesterol and lipid peroxidation (leads to atherosclerosis) in women with metabolic syndrome (source)
  • Ellagic acid ( found in raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, walnuts, pecans, pomegranates and other plants (source)) can reduce DNA damage (source)
  • Strawberries were shown to reduce the grade of premaligant (precancer) lesions as well as decrease inflammatory signaling (source)
  • Strawberry extracts were able to kill colon cancer cells in vitro (outside the body) (source)

How to eat them

Healthy Strawberry Smoothie from Antioxidants for Healthy and Longevity

Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberry Dressing from Fitness Magazine

Buckwheat Strawberry Crepes from The Daily Green

Strawberry Rhubard Fruit Bars from Delish

Coucous and Fruit Salad from Eating Well

Reminder:  As Strawberries are part of The Dirty Dozen, try to buy organic if possible.  Trader Joe’s sells organic frozen strawberries for a reasonable price.

Question?

Do you like strawberries?  What is your favorite way to eat them?

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8 Responses to “Antioxidant Tuesdays-Strawberries”

  1. Jocelyn January 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    I love strawberries! I like to put them in my smoothies….

  2. cegoff January 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    I love strawberries too! I think they are best fresh- and I try to buy them organic as often as possible because I am well aware of that dirty dozen list. Since they are pretty pricey I tend to buy them mostly when they are on sale which is in the summer. This time of year I have bags of the frozen organic strawberries in the freezer which I mainly use in my smoothies.

    • naturallyhealthyandgorgeous January 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      I always have organic strawberries in the freezer too. Sometimes I eat them plain because they are so good!

  3. Ali @SeeAliEatSeeAliRun January 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Strawberries are probably one of my favorites. In the summer I make strawberry cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. Because the health properties of the strawberries totally cancel out the buttercream, right?

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