lose_baby_weightStrawberries are a delicious berry, perfect in fruit salads throughout and ideal in your Healthy Mummy Smoothies. And the great news is that strawberries are not only delicious but nutritious too – they contain a bevy of nutrients and vitamins that can boost your health.
Strawberries are rich in dietary fibre and low in calories. One cup of strawberries contains just 43 calories and 17% of your recommended daily allowance of dietary fibre. Fibre is a plant material that is essential for good health – it helps to keep you fuller for longer, but it also helps to keep your bowel in proper working order, reducing your risk of bowel cancer.
A diet rich in fibre can also help to kick-start weight loss – fibre helps to keep you full, without increasing your calorie intake, which helps to prevent overeating – and The Healthy Mummy smoothie is high in fibre with 6g per smoothie.
Another benefit of strawberries is that they are rich in antioxidants. They contain something known as phenols and one such phenol, anthocyanin, is what gives strawberries their rich red colour. When anthocyanin-rich foods are consumed, uric acid levels within the body increase, which in itself serves as an antioxidant.
The phenols within strawberries are known for their ability to fight against numerous inflammatory disorders and diseases, including asthma and osteoarthritis. The phenols do this by inhibiting a certain enzyme in the body in the same way that popular medicines such as ibuprofen and aspirin do – but without the risk that these medicines could carry.
Because strawberries contain both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, including them in your diet regularly could help to reduce your risk of many types of cancer. Strawberries are also rich in numerous vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin C – in fact, one cup of strawberries contains 136% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to fight against damaging free radicals, whilst also helping to keep your blood pressure levels stable. Vitamin C can also keep your immune system healthy, warding off diseases, and it also helps to prevent common eye disorders, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Strawberries are also rich in folate, flavonoids and manganese – all of which can help fight against disease.
Another benefit of strawberries is how low in calories and fat they are. One cup of strawberries contains just 43 calories and 0.5g fat, making them an excellent food to eat for weight loss. Strawberries are also known to promote the production of two hormones, adiponectin and leptin, which are metabolism boosting and fat burning hormones.
Consuming more strawberries can boost your metabolic rate, which can help you to lose more weight. Another benefit of strawberries is the enzymes they contain – they help to repair tissue damage after exercise, meaning that you can exercise your way to a fitter new you without having to worry about tissue damage.
The best benefit of all? Strawberries are incredibly versatile, so serve them up with whatever you fancy – from low calorie ice cream to low fat yoghurt, you can also slice strawberries over your favourite breakfast cereal and of course your Healthy Mummy Smoothie – and watch the video below for a great smoothie recipe with strawberries in.
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