Peak season or not, strawberries could offer you tremendous benefits. These popular, flavorful and juicy sweet treats are all around the market place anyway.
They bring about loads of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory enzymes to boost your digestion. But did you know that it is also perfect for your weight loss regimen?
Strawberry helps you lose weight for many reasons.
Strawberry is widely grown and is perfect for your weight loss diet plan. A 100-g serving of strawberries contain approximately 33 kilocalories (for energy) and is loaded with Vitamin C, manganese and other vitamins and dietary minerals.
4 WAYS STRAWBERRIES EFFECTIVELY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
1. Strawberries are loaded with ellagic acid for anti-inflammation.
Strawberries contain a lot of phenolic antioxidants that could help reverse inflammation and can possibly aid in weight loss. One of these phenolic compounds found in strawberries are ellagic acid.
A lot of fruits and vegetables contains naturally-occurring antioxidant called ellagic acid. The best source of ellagic acid includes strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and walnuts.
Ellagic acid functions primarily to treat viral and bacterial infections. But it is also seen to have effect in weight loss.
According to a study published in “Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications”, ellagic acid decraeses fatty tissue levels.
The said study was conducted in a group of laboratory mice. Furthermore, it proved that ellagic acid lowers fatty tissue of an inflammatory compound called resistin.
Resistin affects obesity, inflammation and even diabetes in humans.
The study did not directly conclude that ellagic acid inhibits resistin production in humans.
However, it can surely work as a possible anti-inflammatory agent in various disease related to obesity.
2. Strawberries contain anthocyanins to stimulate metabolism and suppress appetite.
A study in University of Illinois claim that the most abundant antioxidant found in strawberry includes anthocyanins.
High levels of anthocyanins can help fight obesity. One study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports that anthocyanins help a study group feed with anthocyanin-high diet to reduce weight.
Aside from that, anthocyanins actually increase the body’s production of a hormone called adiponectin, which stimulates your metabolism and suppresses your appetite.
Moreover, the adiponectin is a protein hormone that modulates a number of metabolic processes.
This bio compound affects obesity and obesity-related diseases. The compounds in strawberries regulate energy metabolism.
Additionally, it helps in appetite, insulin sensitivity, inflammation and more.
3. Strawberries are jam-packed with anthocyanins to slow down the rate of starch digestion.
Anthocyanins are water-soluble pigments and flavonoids. These bio-compounds have the abilities to help myriad of diseases.
Blueberries, black currants, cranberries, cabbage, cherries, and strawberries contain high concentrations of this bio compound.
Certain studies suggest that anthocyanins yield twice the antioxidant power of Vitamin C. Studies suggest that strawberries reduce the high level of bad cholesterol.
Strawberries increase the level of the beneficial ones – HDL cholesterol.
Anthocyanins slow down the rate of starch digestion. This helps control the rise in blood sugar that follows a starchy meal.
Thus, it is a key benefit for those with adult-onset (Type 2) diabetes.
4. Strawberries are all fresh and natural.
Consuming strawberries can be very natural and fresh simply because it does not contain any added preservatives.
Strawberries can awaken your taste buds with its natural sweetness and can help in your weight loss diet.
It is important to note that it is important to consume these sweet berries in its freshest state.
Buy and consume for strawberries found in the market that are firm and bright red.
But, you can not only consume strawberries in the usual fresh state. But you can have it frozen, dried, preserved or as a jam and even add it to your sweet desserts.
FUN FACTS ABOUT STRAWBERRIES YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW
• Strawberries are not classified as true berries by scientists because they are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
• Strawberries actually belong to the rose family along with apples and plums.
• Legend says strawberry got its name when a group of children in the 19th century picked up and sold these fruits and used to string them on grass straws thus called “Straws of Berries”.
• Other legends say strawberry got its name because of the berries that are “strewn” about on the plants.
• Indians call strawberries as “Heart-seed berries.”
EASY STRAWBERRY RECIPES YOU MAY WANT TO TRY AT HOME
1. Plain Strawberry Smoothie
You will need:
– ½ pound fresh strawberries
– 2 tbsp. white sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– ¾ cup whole milk
– 1 pint strawberry ice cream
STEP 1. First, slice your strawberries.
STEP 2. Then, put the sliced strawberries in a separate container and sprinkle some sugar.
STEP 3. Add in vanilla extract and freeze your strawberries for an hour.
STEP 4. When frozen solid, put them in the blender.
STEP 5. Next, add ¾ cup of milk and mmix until all strawberries are all blended.
STEP 6. Now, take the blender jar off and add the strawberry ice cream by hand.
STEP 7. Then, add more milk and blend again, stir if necessary.
STEP 8. Lastly, pour mixture in glasses and garnish with additional fresh sliced strawberries.
2. Strawberry Banana Protein Shake
You will need:
– Protein Powder (1 scoop)
– Strawberries (1 cup)
– 1 medium sized banana
– 1 cup milk
STEP 1. Just mix everything together in a blender or fruit mixer.
STEP 2. Then, serve and enjoy!