Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Super Food Strawberries

If, like me, you love , the good news from the California Strawberry Commission is that they fall into the group of super foods that improve health and longevity, and are full of cholesterol-lowering antioxidants.

A recent study published in the scientific journal, Metabolism, carried out by the University of Toronto, confirms existing evidence that strawberries are one of the world's most nutrient-rich foods. It showed that the antioxidant power in strawberries can improve and maintain the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering diets. High is known to contribute to heart disease, and including antioxidant-rich strawberries in a healthy diet is a behavior change that is simple and delicious to make.

Here is the US, we are fortunate that California strawberries are grown and available year-round across the country. One serving, about a cupful, or eight strawberries, is not only rich in antioxidants, it is low in sugar (containing about 50 calories), and also an excellent source of vitamin C.

The recipe for the delicious Summer Strawberry Daiquiri shown above, and of course, Paula Deen's Cream Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Strawberries, have been featured in earlier issues of our blog, and are great ways to use summer strawberries. However, if you are looking for the best healthy option, it's advisable to eat the strawberries without the addition of alcohol or cream cheese!

1 comment:

Aronia Berry said...

Thank you for the informative post about superfood. After reading your post I thought about mentioning about aronia berry even though it is still not popular in US. Aronia contains health properties equivalent to acai or noni or any other superfruit out there.