Normally we struggle to eat healthy and make the right food choices because the bad stuff tastes better, right? Well, strawberries are one of those exceptional foods that tick all the boxes – they look good, smell good, taste good and are incredibly good for you.
Being a true super food, the humble strawberry has a lot to offer in terms of health and beauty benefits. To get the most out of each bite, try to eat local or organically grown because the strawberry is notably listed as one of the top foods likely to contain a higher pesticide residue – a part of the famous ‘dirty dozen’.
Today, we are peeling back the skin on this wonder berry and discover why it’s so good for us, both inside and out.
5 Food Facts : Strawberries
Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C – eight strawberries contain more of the Big C than a medium sized orange making it 140% of our daily recommended amount.
Even better, they are low fat, low calorie bite-sized delights that are also high in fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium!
Strawberries are full of antioxidants.
The free-radical fighting compounds called anthocyanins are also anti-carcinogenic and occur in deep red or blue foods like strawberries or blueberries. See the related study about the many health benefits of anthocyanin-rich fruits.
Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles by 7%.
This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.
They are also full of flavonoids.
Flavonoids are known to help reduce cholesterol from clogging up the heart’s arteries!
The powerful strawberry may even improve your memory – if you keep forgetting to put strawberries in your grocery basket, all the more reason to gobble them up!
According to Harvard’s Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, eating berries can delay cognitive impairments by up to 2.5 years!
5 Fun Facts : Strawberries
AussieStrawberries.com.au is an entire website devoted to this wonderful fruit and they share with us their quirky facts. A few of our favorites are:
- The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
- Strawberries grow in Australia 12 months of the year.
- Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
- When you purchase strawberries at the store you may think you are buying a type of fruit, but the red “berry” is actually an enlarged flower stem. The little yellow “seeds” covering the outside of the surface of the strawberry are really small, single seed fruits called achenes.
- It is thought that the name strawberry comes from the way strawberries were originally grown on raised beds covered with straw to keep the berries off the soil.
Face the Fact : Strawberries
On the skin, strawberries are softening, cleansing, pore-reducing, brightening, and whitening. Because of the high vitamin C and antioxidant content, strawberries make a great anti-aging facial ingredient. In the Skin, Clinical Research even shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.
Strawberries also have free radical fighting properties due to the intensity of their colour and combined with the power-punch of Vitamin C to boost collagen levels – its bye bye to wrinkles! Be decadent and treat yourself to a Strawberry Rhubarb Masque for hydrating and gentle exfoliation for your face or the try the delicious repairing and refreshing gel of the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum.
Strawberry-based products are also great for teenage skin because they contain salicylic acid, which helps clear up acne and clean up dead skin cells leaving the skin super smooth. Use our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant to remove impurities, brighten skin and shrink pores – being 100% organic, it’s totally safe for your children to use
At Eminence, we love our strawberries – from the inside out, they are a winner! Remember, the entire range of Eminence Organic products is paraben, sulphate, mineral oil and artificial frangance and colour free and handmade – sourced from nature it is literally so good you can eat it!
For information on where to buy our Strawberry Rhubarb Products or any of our Organic Skin Care, please see our website or visit one of our exclusive Spa and Salons around Australia.
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