9 good reasons to eat strawberries

Star of spring and summer fruits, the strawberry is the champion of vitamin C. But it is also a good source of vitamin B9 and one of the most antioxidant fruits that can be consumed. Discover all the good reasons to eat strawberries with Gilles Dreux, dietitian and dietetic manager of the Thalazur Carnac center and Véronique Liesse, dietitian.

Gariguette, Charlotte or Mara des Bois, strawberries are not only delicious, they are also a real health food. From the Neolithic, the strawberry grows wild in America, Asia and Europe. It owes its name Fragaria vesca to its fragrance, much appreciated by the Romans. In France, it interferes in vegetable gardens from the Middle Ages. The gardener Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie gives it a special place in the garden of the Sun King. From the 18th century, hybrid varieties, larger, resulting from marriages with strawberries from America, are emerging.

One of the fruits richest in vitamin C

We don’t always know it, but the strawberry is one of the fruits richest in vitamin C, it contains more than the orange and a serving of 100 g covers more than half of our recommended daily allowance. “It also contains ellagic acid, such as pomegranate, which has a preventive action against cancer and which has a recognized effect on the quality of the skin, says dietician Véronique Liesse. Its red color is due to anthocyanins which, in addition to their antioxidant properties, have a prebiotic effect and nourish the intestinal microbiota.

Mention may also be made of the presence of quercetin, a flavonoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. “ All these antioxidants act in synergy and potentiate each other. Other advantages of the strawberry: its small caloric contribution and its low sugar level (6 g against 11 g for fruits on average).

The 4 star varieties

  • The Gariguette. It is the best known (73% of French people know it) and one of the most popular. This beautiful, elongated vermilion red strawberry offers, from March to June, a tender flesh and sweet-tart aromas.
  • La Ciflorette. This red-orange and elongated strawberry is cultivated in the south of France from March to July. It is one of the most delicious, with a fine and juicy flesh that releases very sweet aromas.
  • The Charlotte. We recognize the beautiful by its heart shape and its bright red color. A repeatable variety, it is present on the stalls until the end of summer. Both juicy and sweet, it’s a children’s favorite.
  • La Mara des bois. We cannot trust the slightly lighter red color, it is very fragrant and aromatic. It’s hard to resist its wild scent of wild strawberries. We enjoy it from June to September.

To choose it well, we do not trust its size or the intensity of its red. On the other hand, it must be of a uniform color, with a very green collar and above all give off a pleasant scent! It must be handled with delicacy: the tray is placed on the top of the basket, it is simply rinsed under a trickle of cold water and it is stalked at the last moment.

“It’s better if it has been produced locally: it has not traveled too much and has been picked when ripe, which guarantees more flavor”, specifies our expert. However, the tastier a strawberry, the less sugar it needs. Because it is not a question of drowning its benefits under sugar or whipped cream! We also avoid heating it so as not to destroy its vitamin C. In salads, a little chopped mint or, more original, basil, enhances its fragrance.

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2/9 – Strawberries are rich in antioxidants
Strawberries are one of the most antioxidant fruits that we can eat. However, antioxidants neutralize free radicals and they have proven beneficial effects on health. “Strawberries are good for the eyesight because they fight against cataracts and protect the retina from UV rays. It is also good for the heart (less risk of atherosclerosis, lower triglycerides in the blood, increased blood fluidity “underlines the dietitian.

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3/9 – Strawberries are very low in calories
Strawberries stand out as the ultimate slimming fruit with only 35 Cal per 100 g … provided you eat it without sugar or whipped cream.

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4/9 – Strawberries are interesting on the fiber side
The fiber intakes (2 g per 100 g) are in the small average but the strawberry displays a good balance between insoluble fibers anticonstipation and soluble fibers (pectin in particular), which capture fats and lower the cholesterol level in the blood.

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5/9 – Strawberries are rich in vitamin B9
Strawberries are a good source of vitamin B9 (or folic acid), recommended for pregnant women because it participates in the development of the fetus in general and the neural tube in particular. So long live the desires of strawberries during pregnancy !

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6/9 – Strawberries are good for the skin
Strawberry is good for the skin because it stimulates the formation of collagen which makes the epidermis more supple and younger. The only downside: some people are sensitive to its allergenic proteins which can cause hives or eczema.

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7/9 – Strawberry goes well with mint
This plant has the gift of enhancing the flavor of the fruit beautifully. Its scent allows less sweetness in preparations. It also has digestive properties and freshens breath, perfect at the end of a meal. In the kitchen: you simply sprinkle your strawberry salad with chopped mint. Or we concoct a flavored water by putting in a carafe of water 6 strawberries cut into pieces and 6 mint leaves, to sip throughout the day.

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8/9 – Strawberry goes well with pistachio
Visually, the green of the pistachio and the red of the strawberry form a very delicious duo. On the palate, it also works, both being sweet and fragrant. They can be associated with a “healthy” snack, the pistachio providing lamb’s lettuce, fibers and satiating proteins. In the kitchen: they are combined in a large summer salad with baby spinach leaves, cubes of feta, chopped basil and a drizzle of good olive oil.

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9/9 – Strawberries go well with dark chocolate
Dark chocolate and strawberry are among the most irresistible duos. One is fatty and the other very light, the two combine wonderfully to fill up with antioxidants and well-being (cocoa being rich in flavonoids and magnesium). In the kitchen: in a light version, a strawberry carpaccio sprinkled with grated dark chocolate. In a more gourmet version, strawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate or slipped into a chocolate mousse.


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