The Latest Dish

Eating 8 Strawberries a Day May Improve Heart, Mind and Body

Just one cup a day of America’s favorite fruit, strawberries, benefits the entire body.  Clinical research suggests that eating just a serving of eight medium strawberries a day may improve heart health, help manage diabetes, support brain health, and reduce the risk of some cancers.  The American Diabetes Association identifies berries, including strawberries, as one of the top ten superfoods for a diabetes meal plan because they are low in sugar, packed with vitamins, antioxidants and dietary fiber.  When added up, strawberries provide a nutritious “Whole in One” for the entire body.

There’s nothing more simply sweet or delicious than a strawberry, but most of us don’t eat as many as we should, according to experts.  Last year, new research indicated that an eating plan called the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, or “MIND”, diet can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by more than one third – and the secret was a healthy daily dose of strawberries and blueberries.  Since strawberries can play a role in protecting our brains as we age, there’s never been a better time to resolve to eat more strawberries than in 2016.

Naturally low in sugar, strawberries provide a unique combination of essential nutrients, dietary fiber and phytochemicals.  One serving of eight medium strawberries is just 45 calories and provides:

Eating 8 Strawberries a Day May Improve Heart, Mind and Body

Eating 8 Strawberries a Day May Improve Heart, Mind and Body

  • More vitamin C per serving than an orange and 140% of the daily value
  • A good source of fiber – 3 grams
  • Folate and potassium, along with a variety of health-promoting phytochemicals
  • Just 7 grams of sugar

Delicious in both sweet and savory dishes, or by themselves, strawberries are a versatile fruit that can be enjoyed in every meal of the day. By just adding strawberries to simple, everyday recipes, it’s easy to boost nutrition and make a difference in overall health.  Here’s a simple, nutritious and delicious way to incorporate strawberries into your diet this year:

Strawberry Balsamic Appetizer Recipe
California strawberries
Shaved Parmesan Cheese
Aged Balsamic Vinegar


Cut the caps off the strawberries so they can sit upright on a platter

Slice the strawberries so you can fill them with Parmesan cheese

Drizzle aged balsamic vinegar over the top


For more information on California strawberries, as well as creative and inspiring recipes, please visit and  With so many ways to incorporate strawberries into a healthy diet in 2016, it’s easy to make it stick—and reap all the health benefits, too.

For the latest nutrition news on strawberries, visit:

Follow Black Tie and Flip Flops on Twitter  at @BlackTieFF, Like Us On Facebook,

and follow us on Instagram at @BlackTieAndFlipFlops 

About Black Tie and Flip Flops (679 Articles)
The passions, musings, and discoveries of explorers and raconteurs. Follow us on twitter at @BlackTieFF ( ) and like us on Facebook ( )

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: