Juicy, seed-studded strawberries are having their season. Apart from their candylike flavor, there are several reasons to indulge in these red berries:
1) They help ward off wrinkles
One cup of strawberries (that’s about 8 large berries) delivers 140 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C, the same as a cup of oranges. Vitamin C helps boost collagen production, which you lose as you age (collagen keeps your skin elastic). Plenty of vitamin C in your diet can help ward off that loss.
2) They boost your immunity
Strawberries have as much vitamin C as oranges. Vitamin C works with other nutrients to keep your immune system working properly.
3) They keep your heart healthy
Strawberries contain a mixture of phytochemicals — disease-fighting compounds. Many of these are thought to help lower cholesterol and keep blood vessels healthy.
4) They can lower your risk of chronic disease
One study found that the regular consumption of strawberries (1 cup a few times a week) lowered markers of inflammation that are linked to chronic disease.
5) They keep you full for few calories
Strawberries are low in calories (only 46 calories per cup) but really high in water, and they have a decent amount of fiber (3 grams per cup) — two things that help you feel full. Eat them for breakfast with a bit of yogurt and a sprinkling of granola for a diet-friendly, palate-pleasing start to the day.