In a UCLA study, twenty-one healthy women ate about one-half pound of strawberries daily for three weeks. Several measures of antioxidant capacity in the blood were taken. Eating strawberries resulted in an increase in the body's ability to prevent the oxidation of blood lipids such as LDL cholesterol. Increased levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol in the blood have been identified as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of women and men.
"There's a lot of talk today about the levels of antioxidants in fruit," said Dave Grotto, RD, and author of 101 Optimal Life Foods, "But just because a food contains antioxidants does not guarantee that those antioxidants are available for use by the body once eaten. This study validates the importance of eating super foods like strawberries on a regular basis."
Indulge in strawberries dipped in dark chocolate, on top of cake, strawberry shortcake, or just eating plain. It's always nice when a food considered a "super food" is also yummy to eat!
Read more: California Strawberry Commission