The most popular summer berry as a sample of supersack … with some reservations.
On the long-awaited offensive of summer, we learn not only by weather forecast summaries, but also with the appearance of certain local products . So the debutant of the season – a ripe strawberry (in the world there are over 600 of its varieties) – beauty-multipurpose. Its consumption affects the skin, and hair, and the figure on the scales, and in general – on the general condition of the body. Officially, it is not counted as superfoods, but the facts speak for themselves: antioxidants in it are slightly less than in blue and purple berries, which really belong to this category.
Strawberries from ancient times was considered a magic berry and mentioned in many legends. So in Bavaria it is still used as a joke in the festive rite: they hang small fragrant baskets on the horns of cows. It is believed that the forest fairies adore her and in exchange give a lot of milk. Interesting fact: the first cakes in history were made from strawberries. ( This season, according to the king’s confectioner, they are particularly relevant .) American Indians mixed berries with corn flour and baked. Strawberry bread came to the taste of the colonizers, and they created their own version of the recipe. In Rome, the strawberry was the symbol of Venus, the goddess of love, because of its remarkable shape and red color. It was used to relieve the “symptoms of melancholy” and treated the “broken heart”.
Over time, scientific research has confirmed fabulous speculation – for example, strawberries, indeed, you can improve your heart health. What happens to the body when we eat this berry?
A Harvard University study (published in the scientific journal Circulation) confirmed that regular consumption of anthocyanins (the class of flavonoids found in these berries) reduces the risk of heart attack in 32% of women. To do this, you need to eat strawberries at least three times a week as a natural anti-inflammatory agent that protects the walls of the vessels from damages caused by cholesterol . A high content of polyphenol prevents the formation of blood clots.
Perhaps you’ve heard that antioxidants not only slow the aging process, but also fight free radicals: a) neutralize the effect of ultraviolet radiation ; b) block the growth of tumors and reduce inflammation – a kind of cancer prevention.
We pass to the strawberry wellness advantages and benefits for the figure.
As Dr. Olga Hernandez, a specialist in aesthetic and anti-aging medicine at the Tufet Clinic in Barcelona, explains, red berries contribute to weight loss. It is a food with a low glycemic index (40) and high fiber, regulates sugar levels and disperse metabolism , even if you eat it lying on the couch watching a romantic comedy . This is a reasonable choice for diabetics, and for those who want to open the beach season in the most tightened form. To start the process, you need to eat about 37 pieces of strawberries a day. In addition to the body, you also pump the brain – the berry helps to strengthen neural connections and improves memory. A rare folic acid, which women are often prescribed by gynecologists, is contained in it in abundance.
Do you know at least one useful product that does not contain vitamin C? It seems that it has become, indeed, a modern marker of success. Here and on the strawberry this “C” -probe can be confidently put: a cup of fresh berries (about 150 grams) contains 160% of the daily allowance and at the same time 50 calories!
With what organically combines strawberries in the diet , if monoagodami you are fed up? The most obvious is a fruit salad (+ grapes, pineapple, peaches, honey) or a more satisfying version, with chicken, oranges, goat cheese and spinach leaves. Alternatively, add it to Greek yogurt with a drop of agave syrup and almonds or oatmeal on coconut milk. Or pamper yourself with a gourmet version of a bagel – a bagel with cream cheese and berries.
Disadvantages of strawberry
There are lees to every wine. Each year, the Environmental Working Group compiles a list of fruits and vegetables with a high content of pesticide residues, known as the “dirty dozen.” And strawberries are often listed there. Watch out for its organic origin!
Another caveat, from New York’s Dr. Gelfand, is that high potassium in strawberries is incompatible with taking certain drugs (beta-blockers) and can be harmful to people with problem kidneys.