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Eight Reasons to Eat Strawberries

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Strawberries offer those who partake in this sweet treat a wealth of health benefits. This tiny fruit is bursting with nutrients that most would not even consider exist with each and every bite. 

Here are eight reasons you should eat strawberries. 
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Strawberries Fight Hunger

Strawberries contain fiber which not only help to regulate and support healthy bowel movements, but this added benefit assists in helping one solve for hunger. Strawberries can help you feel full and are a great way to keep your stomach occupied in between meals. 

Strawberries Heal the Skin

Strawberries contain flavonoids and other vitamins such as vitamin A which are known for their abilities to treat sunburn, skin acne, and those pesky age spots. Also, strawberries can help with the removal of excess oil and skin impurities. 

 It is the ingredient vitamin C and salicyclic acid that makes this fruit a good candidate for use as a skin cleanser and why it is often used as an extract ingredient of other products such as skin astringents, facial cleansers and even face masks.

Strawberries Help to Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Strawberries possess a low glycemic index. They help to reduce the risk for developing Type II diabetes and may help to prevent blood sugar spikes. 

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Strawberries Contain Antioxidants

Strawberries are a rich source for vitamin C. Did you know that just one cup of strawberries contains more vitamin C than a single orange? An 8-ounce serving provides about 140 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C

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Strawberries Protect the Heart

Strawberries may help to reduce your risk for heart attack. 

Shopping for Strawberries and Proper Storage

Though seasonal, strawberries are virtually available all year at the grocery store with a few exceptions. Nonetheless, when selecting strawberries, look for the following:

  • Select the reddest and brightest strawberries
  • Do not choose strawberries that are damaged or appear to have open wounds
  • Select strawberries that have fresh green caps as there should not be any fur growing on top.
  • Be wary of any signs of mold or aging which are both signs of strawberries that are dying a dirty death. 
  • Store in the refrigerator to slow spoilage time as strawberries are sensitive and age faster at room temperature.
  • When ready to eat, cut off the green cap and wash carefully.