Properties of strawberries and their health
benefits of Strawberries, properties and nutritional benefits
Without a doubt, strawberries are the queens of berries (or strawberries, as they are called in many parts of Latin America) . Rich and colorful, adored by children and nutritionally beneficial, they are all advantages.
They contain little fat and few calories, a high content of dietary fibers, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and folic acid , which makes it a necessary fruit during pregnancy.
It is not uncommon for one of the “cravings” of pregnant women to be precisely strawberries or strawberries, in addition to their properties, for their exquisite flavor.
The benefits of eating strawberries are multiple from cleaning the teeth to regulating intestinal transit thanks to the large amount of fiber, unfortunately they are a rather summer fruit and their commercial cultivation is usually carried out using many pesticides, a good option is to grow them At home, it is an easy cultivation and you don’t need much space, you can do a vertical cultivation as we teach in: How to grow strawberries in a raffia bag .
Properties of strawberries or strawberries
Strawberries and their properties are indisputably excellent for our diet. It is an excellent source of vitamins, among which we can highlight vitamin C, an essential nutrient in the human diet, containing 58.8 mg per 100 grams.
In addition, it contains many of the B vitamins , all very important for metabolism and the assimilation of nutrients. Among them, vitamin B6 , which contains enzymes and helps perinatal and infant development. Vitamin B3 or niacin, which acts on cellular metabolism and vitamin B2 or riboflavin, which participates in the production of red blood cells and in the energy release of proteins.
Also, among the properties of strawberries or strawberries, we find to a lesser extent vitamin B5, vitamin W or pantothenic acid, essential for life, and vitamin B9 or folic acid, which acts in the formation and maturation of proteins. structural and hemoglobin.
And as if that were not enough, it contains, although also to a lesser extent, another great natural antioxidant such as vitamin E and vitamin K. In many articles, strawberries are cited as a source of vitamin A. And although it is true that it contains this nutrient , the amounts are negligible, only 12 IU (that is, almost zero) per 100 grams. To give us an idea, carrots, which are a huge source of vitamin A, contain approximately 16,706 IU of this vitamin per 100 grams.
In addition to vitamins, it should be noted that strawberries contain minerals such as iron, which needs vitamin C to be assimilated, so therefore we can highlight among the properties of strawberries their ability to provide an assimilable vegetable iron. It also contains other minerals such as magnesium and to a lesser extent calcium , copper , phosphorus , manganese , potassium and silicon .
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The benefits of strawberries are multiple, from cleaning teeth to regulating intestinal transit thanks to the large amount of fiber.
With regard to antioxidants , it has a good amount of them, and it has been shown that they are very useful to counteract the formation of free radicals, skin aging, and in general combat wear and tear on the body and organic deterioration.
Despite being a very sweet fruit when it is just right, this does not mean that it contains a lot of sugar, but rather the opposite.
Cholesterol. Strawberries also provide good amounts of Omega3 among their properties. As incredible as it may seem, not only fish have fatty acids like Omega3, but also strawberries, so they are highly recommended for people with cholesterol problems.
benefits of strawberries
Teeth. With regard to dental care, they serve for cleaning and whitening, as well as contributing to the maintenance of healthy gums.
Esophagus cancer. There has been scientific
evidence showing that the consumption of strawberries could prevent esophageal cancer.
Blood health. On the other hand, they are known to notably improve the antioxidant capacity of the blood . They are also a good source of salicylic acid , making it a good anti-inflammatory and natural anticoagulant, and they also contain malic and oxalic acid.
Fertility. Although in smaller amounts, it also contains vitamin E , which promotes fertility and helps keep blood cells stable.
Heart problems. Regarding the minerals it contains, it is necessary to highlight its high potassium and low sodium content ,
which is why they are perfect for people suffering from high blood pressure or heart problems.
properties of strawberries
Good memory. On the other hand, researchers from the Salk Institute of Biology (USA) have found that fisetin,
a natural flavonoid present in strawberries stimulates long-term memory.
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So as you can see, strawberries can not be missing in our diet and in addition to being tasty,
they provide enormous health benefits. In addition to those mentioned,
regularly consuming these fruits provide improvements to the skin and hair,
given the content of antioxidant vitamins and minerals.
Differences between Strawberry and Strawberry
The strawberry is a hybrid between strawberries originating in Chile and another from California in the 18th century,
it is a hybrid cousin of strawberries and although it is very similar it has some differences,
they are larger in size, they are red both inside and out,
while strawberries tend to be whiter on the inside,
being hybrids they have longer seasons and a longer duration once harvested
Contraindications of strawberries or strawberries
Unfortunately, strawberries are rather late spring and summer fruits, but they are grown throughout the year in greenhouses.
It is important to know that its commercial cultivation is usually carried out using many pesticides and in quite bad conditions,
wasting huge amounts of water and all kinds of resources.
And a separate issue, but no less important, are the conditions of the workers of these crops,
exposed to pesticides and quite degrading conditions.
The scandal has been such that even the UN,
through the envoy of the organization’s Extreme Poverty and Human Rights office,
has pointed out that they live in the worst conditions while the industry collects millions of euros. See the full report here.
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A good option is to grow them at home. It is an easy culture and does not require much space.
You can do a vertical cultivation as we teach in the article that
we published in Ecocosas and that we discussed before:
How to grow strawberries in a recycled raffia bag
But also in our orchard or small garden we can cultivate them and benefit from this red gold.