You don’t really need a special reason to eat them but if there is also a healthy “excuse” to eat them more and more, who are we to say no. Strawberry, the red delicacy that balances a sour taste with an addictive texture. There are two types of strawberries. The more sour strawberries known in vegetable stores and supermarkets, and strawberries – the Israeli superfood, grown only in the summer, the richer they are in sugars and therefore sweeter. Other than the taste, there are some differences in nutritional values between strawberry varieties:
According to Alon Singer, a farmer from Zur Moshe who grows organic strawberries in Sharon, strawberries are best eaten organic because unlike fruits with skin like apples and bananas, they absorb sprays in the harshest way. There is an imitation of organic strawberries on the market called BIO and it is important to know that they are sprinkled strawberries, so those who care about health are advised to buy organic strawberries from trusted growers.
It is important to note that strawberry cultivation requires a lot of manpower. Singer is one of the many farmers on the Sando app that allows family or individual volunteers to come and volunteer in farming in the Land of Israel.
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Not just carrots. The many antioxidants present in strawberries also help prevent cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye diseases. These antioxidants, along with the vitamin C present in strawberries, help increase the function of the retina and keep its cells healthy.
Nature’s Penicillin. Strawberries contain quercetin – an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effect, and according to a study conducted at the University of Massachusetts, its consumption with regular exercise can reduce the formation of atherosclerosis. The vitamin C in strawberries helps prevent inflammation and reduces the painful symptoms of arthritis.
Helps in the healthy development of the fetus. Strawberries are an excellent source of folic acid, a B vitamin that helps prevent various blemishes during pregnancy and thus keeps the fetus and mother healthy during this period.
Good to incorporate into the diet. For those who want to lose a few pounds, good luck! Strawberries are low in calories and fat free and are also among the fruits with low fructose level. In addition, thanks to dietary fiber, they are satisfying and do not jump out of sugar levels in the body, which makes the craving for sweets limitless.
The berries are very rich in a long chain of nutrients, but they are also home to silkworm larvae (without the mulberry tree there was actually no silk), on top of which paper is produced, and for those who appreciate green construction, it is worth planting south for its deciduous, warming the house with the winter sun And the formation of a thick shadow in the summer for cooling towards the south. Strawberries are difficult to market because of their tenderness and rapid rotting, and when the fruits fall, they become very dirty and bring with them annoying insects. As a result, you can basically eat strawberries if you live near dedicated farms or frozen in the supermarket.
Hair strengthening. Since the tree is originally from China and Asia, it is commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat diseases such as: high blood pressure, gynecological diseases, strengthening the spleen and stomach, improving digestion, strengthening hair (improving growth and preventing bleaching), preventing various cancers and many other health conditions.
Absorbs fats and lowers cholesterol. Animal studies have shown a reduction in excess fat and cholesterol levels. In addition, studies have shown a decrease in the formation of liver fat, so drinking wood is also associated with the possibility of preventing fatty liver.
Improve blood sugar control. Strawberries contain a special substance called DNJ (Deoxynojirimycin) which inhibits an enzyme in the gut associated with the breakdown of sugars. Therefore, strawberries are seen as helping to prevent a sharp rise in blood sugar levels after a meal. It is important to note that these are not diabetics and should be careful due to the high sugar content of strawberries.
Reduces the risk of cancer. For centuries, berries have been considered a cancer treatment in China. Recent studies suggest that it is likely due to the high content of antioxidants that oxidative damage is prevented, which is said to be one of the primary factors in the formation of cancer.
For those who are interested in sweets but still want to keep in shape – the recipe for sugar-free strawberry jam:
- 1 pound of strawberries
- Two or three apple cores (for their natural pectin)
- a little lemon juice
- Possible spices: vanilla bean, cinnamon stick
- Possible addition – small apple cubes
- Cook all ingredients over low heat in a closed saucepan for about an hour.
- Cool, core, and mash the apples slightly with a hand mixer to slightly uniform textures (optional, only if desired).
- You can leave the spice sticks on or take them out for taste.
- Put in a sterilized container and keep in the refrigerator. There is no need to worry about the expiration date because this congestion will be eliminated in an instant.