(The Fruit That Is Good For You )
~ By LadyGenes ~
When I think of strawberries I think of summer,
picnic's, Strawberry shortcake and a lot of good memories that come with this
fruit in our house. Strawberries have been around since before the Christian era
started and were highly coveted by ancient Romans. After the fall of Rome they
lost their appeal and then reemerged in the Middle Ages in Europe. They really
gained in popularity in the 18th century where they developed in to the fruit we
know today. These strawberries were enjoyed mostly by the wealthy until the
19th century. The strawberry has been deemed the most popular fruit in the
world. The largest commercial producers of strawberries today are the United
States, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Besides being a tasty treat and looking beautiful
on a plate, the strawberry is very good for you health wise. Strawberries have
an element in them called anthocyanins which turns the berry red and it also,
and I have to quote this, "they also serve as potent antioxidants that have
repeatedly been shown to help protect cell structures in the body and to
prevent oxygen damage in all of the body's organ systems." Strawberries have
in them a phenol content which helps protect the heart, makes them a
anti-cancer fruit and can be an anti-inflammatory fruit! What a gem of a fruit we
have for our health.
In a study of the fruit and cancer, strawberries
lowered the rate of cancer deaths in a group of over 1,000 elderly people.
They found people that ate strawberries were three times less likely to
develop cancer then those who didn't eat them at all or very little of them.
Strawberries also help in fighting against Rheumatoid Arthritis! The strawberry
contains an excellent source of vitamin C which helps the fight of Rheumatoid
Arthritis. It also contains, manganese, has dietary fiber, iodine, potassium,
folate, riboflavin, vitamin B5, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin K,
magnesium and last but not least, copper.
Make sure to eat at least 3 servings of fruit that
contain high levels of vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy. Strawberries
come in red or white and in different varieties which have different flavors.
When you purchase your strawberries make sure to use them within a couple
days of purchase or they will go bad. Do not leave them in direct sunlight or at
room temperature for very long or they will spoil. To store them, you can
refrigerate them for a couple of days. You can freeze them by first washing
them gently, pat dry, remove or leave the cap and stem on and arrange them
in a single layer on a flat pan or cookie sheet and place in the freezer.
So go out and get you some Strawberries,
make yourself a nice salad, dessert or just eat them plain! A toast to your
health with this beautiful, colorful, juicy fruit, may it be a helper in your fight
to be healthy!!
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