Rejoice, spring has sprung! The days are getting longer, the weather warmer and a fresh strawberry season has finally kicked off. I’d also say it comes at the perfect time.
These days many of us happen to be building momentum towards a fat loss diet before the good glorious summer returns, speaking of which strawberries become that perfect sweet something we all crave at some point while shredding. Yes, because a strawberry is both low in calories but also sugar.
Apart from being a diet friendly fruit, strawberries are known to be an excellent source of vitamin C, which is an essential immunity booster while also playing an important role in maintaining healthy skin. Another important compound found in strawberries is manganese, which mineral is responsible for protein and energy metabolism and other processes in the human body. Strawberries are also consistently ranked among the top antioxidant sources, protecting us from the so-called damaging free radicals.
Strawberries mainly consist of water (91%) and carbohydrates (7%), containing very little amounts of fat (0.3%) and protein (0.7%). In fact one cup of strawberries (150 grams) carries less than 50 calories.
As said earlier, strawberries are among the fruits with the least amount of sugar. In fact 100g of strawberries only contain 7g of carbs of which a mere 5g is sugar and 2g are fibre. To add further substance to the argument supporting strawberries on a diet, this fruit has a low glycemic index meaning it will not lead to spikes in blood sugar levels and insulin upon consumption. This effectively means they will help to keep sugar cravings at bay. Following on this point, strawberries are also suggested to patients with diabetes.
Thus, if you are trying to ditch a few kilograms you may want to reach out for strawberries as one can eat a relatively big portion of them while sugar consumption remains low. The below infographic confirms the above by comparing strawberry with banana:
Now you know. You may pick strawberries on your diet!
To fitness with love,
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