5 Health Reasons to Eat Strawberries

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.

Kerri-Ann is a registered dietitian and nutrition coach who writes on food and health trends. Find more of her work at kerriannjennings.com or follow her on Twitter @kerriannrd or Facebook.

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