Fresh strawberries are one of nature's candies. Sweet and juicy, they're amazing in savory dishes and topped onto sweet breakfasts. You probably already know that strawberries are incredibly high in Vitamin C and are packed full of antioxidants, but did you know that they have cardiovascular benefits, anti-inflammatory properties, and blood sugar benefits? Read on for more info plus recipes!
Fruit Sugar + Fiber = GOOD
As a natural, whole, plant-based food, fruit is packed with fiber, which helps to slow how the body absorbs these sugars, dampening their effect on blood glucose, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Strawberries have a lot of natural sugar per one cup serving - 8 grams, in fact. BUT, they are also high in fiber - 3.3 grams per 1 cup, which is 13% of your daily value (per USDA requirements). Unlike processed sugar, the natural sugar in strawberries has a low glycemic load which won't make your blood sugar spike and then crash. I cut sugar out of my diet a few years ago and even now if I splurge and have a baked good with lots of sugar in it I crash about 20 minutes later and feel awful the rest of the day. I NEVER have that problem with fruit. This is because dietary fiber slows the uptake of glucose produced by digestion of carbohydrate, an effect that can significantly lessen the impact of sugar in fruit on your blood glucose.
Vitamins + Antioxidants
Not only are strawberries high in fiber, they also contain high levels of antioxidants and Vitamin C. That one cup gives you over 150% of you daily value of Vitamin C helping protect you against all sorts of ailments including heart disease, stroke, cancer, high blood pressure, constipation, allergies and asthma, and depression.