The problem with strawberries is that they don’t stay fresh for long after they are harvested. They grow moldy in a very short space of time. However, when it comes to nutritional value, raw strawberries have the benefit of being Cholesterol and salt-free as well as having nearly no fat whatsoever. What they do have high quantities of, is minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus and Manganese, as well as vitamin C and flavonoids, and last but not least, fiber. The natural sugars they contain make for most of their energy value, so they’re safe.
Ways of preserving strawberries
Although fresh strawberries offer the best flavor, frozen berries are still very tasty and do retain the nutritional benefits of the fruit in the fresh form. When sugar is added to whole frozen strawberries you can depend on the calorie count to go from a decent 45 per 100 grams to a walloping 200 per 100 grams. Preserved in this manner, strawberries will continue to be a good source of vitamin C, but they certainly won’t help you slim down. For some reason, strawberries that are frozen and sweetened and also sliced are even higher in calories and jump to around 250 calories per average serving size. 100 grams of strawberries canned in syrup will count 235 calories more or less. They won’t suffer any nutritional value loss. However, the sugar will make their digestion more difficult.
Strawberries in juice:
For an amazingly good flavor profile, combining strawberries with banana and oranges makes a really wonderful juice. Again, the nutritional values remain the same as in the fresh strawberries, the only difference will be a surplus of Potassium from the bananas and a surplus of vitamin C from the oranges. This freshly squeezed juice will have an energetic value of approximately 120 calories per 100ml, and a fairly higher sugar content. In the case of the canned fruit juice, the nutritional values as well as the sugar levels suffer due to heavy processing, the former are thus lower and the latter, quite the opposite, much higher.
Wonderful advantages to eating strawberries:
Raw strawberries are known to help with lowering the fat levels in the blood, or cholesterol.
Did you know they are good for the health of your gums? Rub a fresh strawberry on the gums and the teeth and it will help to remove tartar and improve the health of your gums.
As a source of fiber these berries will help your body to absorb nutrients.
Consuming strawberries will help you keep your blood pressure at a steady level.
The electrolytes of the body can be regulated by the potassium contained in strawberries. * Antioxidant levels are high in these berries, as they are in most berries, and this will help your body counter the ill effects of free radicals in the system.
Even more amazing, these berries can help the body to get rid of the toxins that build up in the system.