It’s difficult to resist a perfectly ripe strawberry, isn’t it? In fact, they’re one of the most popular berry fruits in the world – but did you know it’s not just the sweet red part that’s good for us?
Atop each juicy strawberry is a leafy top, called the calyx. Each year, tons of strawberry tops are discarded and chucked away as waste. But this humble leafy crown is actually edible, and may hold the key to unlocking some exciting health benefits.
1. They’re a rich source of antioxidants
Antioxidant-rich foods are important to help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals
2. They support the immune system
Adding a punnet of strawberries to your shopping basket will help support your immune system too. “Not only is the whole strawberry rich in plant antioxidants, but the red fleshy part is also extremely rich in the antioxidant vitamin C.
3. They may help with blood sugar regulation
Next time you’re thinking of pasta for dinner, try following up your meal with a bowl of fresh strawberries for pud. Research suggests eating strawberries, alongside a carbohydrate-rich meal, may help to reduce spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.
4. They may have antimicrobial effects
As well as being delicious to eat, strawberries could also have a beneficial effect on the reproduction of bacteria and parasites in the body.
5. They may improve heart health
Numerous studies have found an association between strawberry consumption and improved cardiovascular health
6. They can help with weight management
Strawberries are one of the most guilt-free snacks going; they can satisfy a sweet craving, yet are surprisingly low in sugar and calories. “With just 6g of sugar and 33 calories per 100g, they can provide the sweet fix we desire while keeping our waistlines trim,