Across Canada, the hot weather in early summer marks strawberry season. Fresh, local strawberries are only available for a short time each year, so we need to make the most of them. Luckily, they’re not just delicious (in smoothies, in desserts, in salads, for snacks…) but they’re healthy, too.
When you’re indulging this summer, feel good about your choice to include strawberries in your diet:
They’re packed with vitamin C
One serving of strawberries contains about half of your daily requirement of this immunity-boosting vitamin (and, let’s be honest, who can stop at just one serving?)
They contain lots of antioxidants
The antioxidants we get from eating strawberries can help our bodies do everything from fight cancer to protect our eyes from harmful UV rays. Build up those defenses by eating more berries!
They’re good for your skin
Strawberries contain ellagic acid, which is believed to be a natural wrinkle-fighter. They’re also super hydrating, and water is your skin’s best friend!
Your heart will thank you
The phytochemicals in strawberries can provide an anti-inflammatory effect that can help protect you from heart disease – one of the leading causes of death among Canadian women.
Strawberries calm inflammation
Those same anti-inflammatory effects that can be good for your heart can also help soothe symptoms of arthritis.
They’re full of fibre
Like all fruit, strawberries are a great source of fibre, which is necessary for a healthy digestive system. Help your tummy by grabbing 2 grams of fibre per serving of strawberries.
Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating recommends Canadian women consume 7-8 servings of fruit and vegetables every day. Make at least one of those servings strawberries while you can!
Fresh, local fruit that is picked at its peak of freshness (not before ripening) and eaten as close to harvest as possible contains the maximum amount of beneficial nutrients, so choose Canadian strawberries when possible!