5 Reasons to Eat Kentish Strawberries

The British strawberry season is now upon us, and what better place to live than Kent, to buy some freshly picked strawberries. You can eat them on their own as a snack, add some natural yogurt, whizz them up with a banana for a smoothie, or as a treat serve them with meringue and cream!

So why are strawberries and berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries) so good for us? Here are my 5 top reasons why you should eat berries this summer:

1) Vitamin C. All berries contain vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system, makes collagen to keep our bones, skin and joints firm and can protect us against cancer and heart disease. Strawberries come out top when it comes to vitamin C content with seven strawberries providing an adult with 100% of their Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin C.

2) Antioxidants. Berries are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants can protect the body against dangerous molecules, called free radicals. A diet high in antioxidants can help protect the body from many different diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

3) Folate. Raspberries and blackberries are an excellent source of folate, a B vitamin which is important for the growth and reproduction of cells. Folate also helps keep the nervous system healthy and is especially important during pregnancy as it helps to reduce the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida.

4) Low in calories and fat. An 80g serving of raspberries or blackberries contains just 20 calories. To compare this to other fruit, an apple contains around 50 calories, an orange around 60 calories and a small banana around 75 calories. Berries are also naturally low in fat - an 80g serving typically contains less than 0.2g fat and they are free from saturated fat.

5) Naturally sweet. Berries contain naturally occurring sugars, making them a healthier choice to other sweet foods such as chocolate and biscuits. Berries often contain fewer natural sugars compared to other fruit too. For example, an 80g serving of raspberries contains less than 4g of sugars compared to a small banana which contains 17g of sugars.

So, get eating your British strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries today!

Wishing you a happy and healthy week!

Looking to eat healthier this summer? Try this this gluten free thai lamb meatballs recipe by nutritionist Madeleine Shaw.

Comments are closed