Strawberries are a popular fruit high in vitamins, antioxidants and other important nutrients. This versatile red fruit is delicious whether enjoyed on its own or as part of a meal, salad or dessert.
The typical serving size of strawberries is one cup, or approximately eight large strawberries. A single serving of strawberries contains 46 calories, 11 grams of carbohydrates, seven grams of sugar and one gram of protein. Strawberries contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium.
Strawberries may help reduce harmful inflammation in the colon, according to a study from the University of Massachusetts. The research shows that eating just three-quarters-of-a-cup of the red fruit per day could help boost gut health and alleviate colonic inflammation, which are two common conditions of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This is exciting news, given that 3 million adults in the U.S. reported being diagnosed with IBD in 2015.
One serving of strawberries contains 110 percent of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. Strawberries are also high in folate, which is especially important for pregnant women.
Strawberries provide 220 milligrams of potassium per serving. Strawberries also provide 2 percent of the daily recommendation for calcium and iron.
Fiber and Sugar
A serving of strawberries has three grams of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. It also has seven grams of sugar, mostly in the form of fructose.
Antioxidants and Flavonoids
A cup of strawberries is high in antioxidants and flavonoids, compounds that have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.
What Do YOU Think?
Do you love strawberries, or do you avoid eating them? Now that you know strawberries are good for your health, will you incorporate them more into your diet?