Strawberries are the most popular type of berry fruit in the world with more than 600 varieties differ in flavor, size and texture. Regardless of the variety, strawberries are identified by its red flesh that has small seeds piercing its surface, and a small, regal, green leafy cap and stem that adorn its crown. Strawberries are not actually classified as berries because they have their seeds on the outside as opposed to the inside like blueberries and raspberries. This member of the rose family is the enlarged receptacle of the flower.
In addition to being the most popular berry fruit, strawberries are one of the healthiest fruits. They have a lower glycemic index which results in stable blood sugar levels and lasting energy. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and a very good source of dietary fiber, iodine and folate. Plus, they are a good source of copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6 and omega-3 fatty acids. As far as phytonutrients go, they provide an outstanding variety which includes anthocyanins and flavonols.
The health benefits that strawberries may provide are:
- Reduced delayed onset muscle soreness
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved short-term memory
- Enhanced moods
- Stronger nails and hair
- Reduced loss of skin elasticity
- Increased stored fat burning
- Lowered risk for cardiovascular disease and certain cancers
- Improved bone health