Wimbledon starts today, which means that Strawberry consumption goes through the roof!
28,000kg of Strawberries will be eaten at Wimbledon over the 2 weeks.
Strawberries are an amazing little fruit, packed full of anti-oxidants, vitamins, nutrients and fibre, here are just some of the reasons you should be including these in your diet.
They are packed full of anti-inflammatories which can reduce the blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) which is responsible for causing inflammation. So if you have any injuries or inflammation get munching on strawberries!
Strawberries are full of Vitamin C, which is a great immunity booster and anti-oxidant, as well as having great benefits for eye health. Vitamin C helps your vision by reducing the risk of cataracts and promoting healthy ocular blood vessels. The body also uses vitamin C to make collagen, which helps heal wounds. Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron and is a critical part of the body’s immune system.
One cup of strawberries provides around 50 calories and about 3 grams of fibre, most of which is soluble fibre. Studies have shown that fibre, especially soluble fibre, can help lower LDL or “bad cholesterol”.
Of all the fruits, strawberries are considered one of the best sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your cells from damaging molecules called free radicals. A diet rich in antioxidants may also help to prevent heart disease.
Get those Bowels moving
Have problems with constipation? Strawberries are high in fibre, which is important for moving food through your digestive system and helping bowel movements.
Keep those wrinkles at bay
Strawberries are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which protects the elastic fibres in our skin to prevent sagging and wrinkles.
Add them to your porridge or cereal, to a fresh fruit salad with some toasted oats and almonds. Spread some light cream cheese on wholemeal toast/bagel/muffin and add some sliced strawberries and a drizzle of honey Chopped up in a salad with some balsamic dressing. Served with some fat free greek yogurt , toasted oats and honey. Add to a smoothie or just eat straight out the punnet!