What little red fruit bursts with so much sweet flavour and is packed with tonnes of vitamins? The Strawberry! And, what better way to celebrate a fruit we can grow in the UK than, #NationalStrawberryDay!
Aside from dolloping with cream at Wimbledon, Strawberries are so versatile! This humble fruit can be made into strawberry preserves, ice cream, yoghurt, smoothies and milkshakes, or even as an accompaniment to a stack of pancakes (psst, it’s Pancake Day tomorrow).
The best thing about Strawberries isn’t just the smell or delicious taste, it’s the two greatest health benefits we get from eating them. We take a look at why the Strawberry is essential for both our Vitamin C and Fibre intake…
Benefits of Strawberries
An excellent source of Vitamin C, strawberries are also a good source of folic acid, potassium and fibre. At 55 calories and zero fat in 1 cup, these sweet things hit the spot when a snack time is calling!
Vitamin C is vital to the production of collagen, which helps to improve skin’s elasticity and resilience. So, eating foods rich in vitamin C may result in healthier, younger looking skin! Yes, please!
One serving of strawberries contains 51.5 mg of vitamin C-about half of your daily requirement,
Lots of problems that can arise from a lack of fibre, one being constipation. Poor digestive health means your diet is low in the two types of fibre, ‘insoluble and soluble’, which are both beneficial and pass through the body without being digested. To increase your fibre intake, trying eating eight medium-sized strawberries to get 2g of dietary fibre. This supplies 5% of men’s and 8% of a women’s recommended daily intake!
Fibre can also aid those managing their type 2 diabetes by slowing the absorption of sugars (i.e. glucose) in the blood – so try adding a cup of strawberries to your daily diet.
Strawberries naturally contain about 2g of Fibre per serving.