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Why You Should Eat Strawberries


Updated April 25, 2014

Strawberries are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidant phytochemicals. They're naturally sweet so they don't require much preparation - you can simply wash them, and they're ready to eat.

Health Benefits

Strawberries contain a large amount of vitamin C -- almost 100 milligrams -- which is almost as much as a cup of orange juice. Vitamin C is important for immune system function and strong connective tissue and wound healing. Strawberries also contain magnesium, folate and potassium.

Serving Strawberries

  • Serve strawberries as a simple snack by washing them and removing the leaves. The berries can be left alone or sliced into smaller pieces.
  • Dress them up a bit by adding a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of chopped nuts.
  • Slice strawberries and add them to oatmeal or cold cereal along with some flax seeds.
  • Use them in a salad.

Nutrition Information

One cup of sliced strawberries contains 98 milligrams vitamin C, 44 micrograms folate, 22 milligrams magnesium, and 254 milligrams potassium. That cup of strawberries has just 53 calories and 3.3 grams fiber.


United States Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. "Strawberries, raw." Accessed April 23, 2011. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.

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