4 Super Reasons to Eat Strawberries

Strawberries are one of the most popular berries in the world, and they are also one of the top superfoods when it comes to fighting a vast array of diseases and health issues. From fighting inflammation and controlling diabetes, to protecting brain function and improving heart health, strawberries can boost your health in countless ways.

Spring is peak season for strawberries, and I love to find reasons to incorporate them into a variety of dishes including smoothies (see my Immunity Boosting Blend), salads, or just as a snack by themselves.

If you need more reasons to eat strawberries?  Here are a few:

  1. Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants, which help defend cell structures in the body and protect the body’s organs. Strawberries are second only to plums as the richest fruit in phenols and antioxidants, and are especially high in cancer- and heart disease-fighting flavonoids, quercetin, catechin, and kaempferol.
  2. Strawberries can offer enhanced protection against crippling inflammation-related diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  3. Strawberries have shown an ability to inhibit tumor growth and to slow the progress of tumors as they begin to develop, according to a study using rats with esophageal cancer.
  4. In a study done by the Institute of Biochemistry in Ancona, Italy, researchers found that when subjects consumed strawberries daily for two weeks, an average 3.4% increase in serum folate levels was observed, meaning regular strawberry intake could have a beneficial effect on folate status and heart health.

In addition to being delicious, strawberries are also very high in vitamin C and flavonoids, which is just one more reason I have included them in my Strawberry-Avocado Relish, which I often serve with my Summertime Grilled Chicken recipe. However, the relish also makes a great topping for any grilled fish or chicken, and it’s a satisfying dip for whole-grain tortilla chips. No cooking is required for this condiment.

Strawberry-Avocado Relish

YIELDS about 2 cups

1 1/2 cups diced strawberries
1 diced medium-size avocado
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 Tbs. chopped cilantro
1 tsp. sugar
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon.


About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that. foodtrients.com
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