Sunday, August 30, 2009

Healthy & True....Strawberries

Strawberries

In case you aren't already in love with strawberries, I have some reasons to get the love fest with this berry. Choosing a strawberry instead of a candy bar when you are having a sweet craving is one of the best things you can do for yourself. They are a low calorie food loaded like a billionaire, with antioxidants known as phenols. These phenols not only give strawberries their irresistible red color, but also provide heart-protective, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties to this berry. A veritable trifecta of benefits.

The ruby red hue of strawberries is caused by anthocyanins and they are a powerful antioxidant that aids in the protection of the cell structures within your body. Strawberries are one of the most beautiful of fruits, with their deep red color sprinkled with golden seeds. Not only is a strawberry pretty to look at, but it has a distinctive sweet fragrance that tells you a strawberry is in residence.

Strawberries are good for you and are one of the healthiest fruits you can consume. All berries are great for you full of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. The phenol contained in strawberries making them heart friendly. It aids in fighting certain cancers and it has anti-inflammatory properties. There is also a substance called ellagitannin in a strawberry and it is said to reduce the rate of fatality in certain cancers. Studies show that those people who ate the most strawberries were said to have a less of a chance to develop certain cancers than those that ate few or no strawberries at all.

So the next time you are craving a sweet treat, look no further than the pretty, sweet strawberry that will benefit your health and tickle your taste buds.

From Millie's vegan kitchen to yours!

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