Red and remarkable, heart-shaped, sweet and juicy, studded with small seeds and a little tart at times. Strawberries are one of the most ‘in style’ fruits in the world.
Strawberries have a long history and have been enjoyed since the Roman times. They’re grown commercially in a long list of countries, with China, the U.S. and Mexico leading its production. Garden strawberries which are common now didn’t strike its trend until the 18th century, but the wild berries have been eaten since primeval Roman times. Modern strawberries are grown and eaten all over the world and can be dished up raw, cooked or dried.
This little red fruit is beyond doubt sensational. No wonder it’s a symbol of love and passion! Strawberries are actually a group of fruits (genus Fragaria) containing several varieties and are part of the rose family.
One of the most exclusive eccentricities about the strawberry is that it’s the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside, prodding out for the world to see.
Folk remedies and research held that the fruit, leaves, and root of wild strawberries have the power to cure throat infections, melancholy, fainting, inflammation, kidney stones, bad breath, fevers, gout, and diseases of the blood and vital organs. Some of those may actually be true.
Studies demonstrate that strawberries, blueberries and raspberries contain a chemical which shield cells against cervical and breast cancer.
Strawberries offer an astonishing 129 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, a known infection fighter. Besides being anti-cancer, strawberries also contain potential neurological disease-fighting and anti-aging compounds. What an amazing natural alternative to ‘Olay’ huh!
Strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C, 3 grams of fiber, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
The strawberry diet followed allows females to eat up to 1400 calories daily and males up to 1900 calories a day. Luckily, strawberries are low in calories.
Strawberries are a healthy food to eat to lose weight, because there are 49 calories in one cup of strawberries. They are also loaded with Vitamin C, 3 grams of fiber, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
The fruitful dietary facts:
- Strawberries help lose weight; strawberries are rich sources of phenolic antioxidants that can help aid in weight loss.
- Strawberries may help stave off diabetes; due to the low sugar content i.e. 5 g approx per serving of 7 strawberries.
- Strawberries are good for your heart; more than 3 weekly servings of strawberries is associated with a lower risk of heart attacks.
- Strawberries are good for your mind; a healthy daily dose of strawberries, in your diet can play a big role in staving off dementia in old age.
- Strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange! Fact is, a one-cup serving of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant properties, helping to protect the body from oxidative stress.
Many More Uses.
Did you know that one can also make a ‘Strawberry Face Mask (with Yogurt and Honey) at home which helps:
- Combat acne
- Prevent pimples
- Lighten skin complexion
- Exfoliate skin cells
Prepare your own cosmetics with strawberries! Few recipes below:
– Luxurious Skin Scrub. Make a skin scrub fit for royalty by mixing 1/2 a cup of sugar, 4-5 ripe strawberries and 3 teaspoons of olive oil.
– Strawbellicious lips! Plump, juicy, clean and kissable lips? Oh yeah, strawberry! Make a quick lip scrub at home by mashing two ripe strawberries with two teaspoons of sugar. Rub this on your lips for a minute and rinse off. The sugar will desquamate and soften your lips while the fruit acids will help soften your lips.
It’s agreeable: strawberries are scrumptious and they have a rich history. Some may think of proposing with strawberries after all they are from the rose family. But they also offer exceptional nutritive benefits in the form of antioxidants, which lowers cholesterol and inflammation.
The flavonoid fisetin in strawberries is also proven to neutralize colon, cervical, breast, and prostate cancer cells. Strawberries are the knights against the common world diseases. But these are not the only reason strawberries are a summer favorite.
Strawberries are one of those unique fruits entailing no adornment to make them one of the world’s most adored plant-based foods.
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