Nothing says British summer time quite like a punnet of fresh strawberries. Personally I love eating strawberries and I also adore having a creamy strawberry smoothie.
Each year during the the Wimbledon tennis championships, about 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten in the UK. Here are 11 little know facts about the delicious red fruit:
#1 – Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate
According to a Polish study published in 1994 the fruit with the highest nitrate content is strawberries, followed by currents, gooseberries, raspberries and cherries.
Nitrates have been shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to the muscles and research suggests that people who load up on foods rich in nitrates before exercising have greater endurance.
#2 – Consuming 8 strawberries will give you more vitamin C than an orange.
In fact, they will give you about 140% of your daily recommended amount.
#3 – It should be easy to get your kids to eat strawberries
In a 2007 study over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favourite fruit.
#4 – Romans believed in the medicinal properties of strawberries
They used them to alleviate symptoms of fainting, kidney stones, inflammation, diseases of the blood, liver and spleen, throat infections, bad breath, attacks of gout, melancholy and fever.
#5 – Strawberries help reduce cholesterol
Strawberries are full of flavonoids which gives them their red colour. Flavonoids are known to help reduce cholesterol from clogging up the heart’s arteries.
#6 – Strawberries help fight cancer
Strawberries are rich in ellagic acid. In laboratory studies, this phytochemical has shown the ability to prevent cancers of the skin, bladder, lung, oesophagus and breast.
#7 – Strawberries can whiten your teeth
Want something to smile about? The acids found in strawberries can help to whiten your teeth and remove stains.
#8 – Strawberries are members of the rose family
Should you come upon a bush of them growing, you’ll see: they smell as sweet as they taste.
#9 – Strawberries are not really berries
They are an “aggregate fruit” and each seed is technically one fruit.
#10 – Strawberries can help reverse type II diabetes
Research published in the journals “Biofactors” and the “Journal of Medicinal Food” suggest that substances called ellagitannins and anthocyanins, found in strawberries can help reduce your blood sugar levels after you eat a starch-rich meal.
Strawberries may help treat the hyperglycemia and high blood pressure associated with type 2 diabetes.
The US National Diabetes Education Program recommends eating strawberries as part of a plan to increase fruits and vegetables and lower your weight. Strawberries
#11 – Strawberry plants are perennial
This means that if you plant them, they grow, die and come to life again the following year. Typically strawberry plants will remain productive only for five years.
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