Nutrition experts suggest that seniors eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, with most recommending 5 or more servings a day. Making produce the main building-block of your snacks and meals is a smart way to boost your health, and spring and summer are the perfect times to start. Why not try diving into a bowl of fresh, juicy strawberries as a healthy mid-morning snack? Eating more of these tasty berries is an easy way to add flavor and nutrition into your diet.
1. Low in sugar, high in fiber
Strawberries rank 40 on the Glycemic Index, meaning they are excellent for controlling blood sugar levels. They contain slow-release carbohydrates, which help prevent insulin spikes in people with diabetes. They are also a good source of fiber: more than 25% of the net carbohydrate content is fiber. This makes them an excellent addition to your diet, as dietary fiber is important for gastrointestinal health and healthy gut bacteria.
Antioxidants are vitamins or other plant compounds that help prevent or delay cell damage and degeneration. Eating high levels of antioxidants can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Strawberries are ranked in the top 20 for their antioxidant capacity due to the high content of Vitamin C (alongside other rich antioxidant compounds), so snacking on them can actually boost your body’s natural defenses.
3. Brain Boosters
A recent study concluded that a naturally occurring compound in strawberries promotes cognitive function through the growth of neurons, particularly those related to memory function. Another study found that strawberries and other berries can prevent inflammation in the brain, thus limiting the potential for neuron damage. These studies suggest that eating strawberries daily can improve memory recall, prevent language aphasia, and sharpen overall cognitive skills.
Good, and good for you!
Strawberries are sweet, juicy, and in season in June. You can purchase some at your nearest grocery store, or visit a local farm for a pick-your-own experience! Stock up to snack on these delicious and nutritious brain-boosting treats.