Few foods herald spring as well as beautiful strawberries.
May is National Strawberry Month, a good time to take note of reasons to encourage more consumption of America’s Favorite Fruit. The California Strawberry Commission presented these to supermarket RD guests at this year’s Shopping for Health conference. Here are some highlights:
Number One: Strawberries are packed with nutrients. A cup-size serving contains more vitamin C than is found in an orange, fiber, folate and potassium. And all for just 45 calories.
Strawberries are also a favorite Superfruit, meaning that they contain a variety of bioactive compounds that converge to fight oxidation and inflammation. More than 110 studies concerning strawberry consumption and human health have been published since 2006.
And in addition, there is emerging science that is showing that eating strawberries reduces the risk of chronic disease. Four servings of strawberries a day lowered cholesterol and reduced oxidationª while three servings reduced insulin response.ᴮ
Here’s one more: Strawberries work in diabetes meal planning. They provide just 7 grams of sugar per serving, less than apples, bananas, grapes and oranges, with a low glycemic index. The American Diabetes Association names strawberries as one of ten superfoods in a diabetes meal plan.
California is the leader in U.S. strawberry production, with 1.6 billion pounds of fresh strawberries and 400 million frozen strawberries produced annually. That’s 88% of all strawberries grown in the U.S.
ªBasu, et al Journal of Nutrition, 2014
ᴮPark, et al, Experimental Biology Conference, 2015
If you were at the Shopping for Health 2015 conference in Napa, are you still dreaming about this fabulous Strawberry Pavlova dessert?