Information in this post was taken from an article on healthline.com.
If you try to eat fruits and vegetables consistently, you’re already well aware of strawberries and a lot of their benefits. On top of having a characteristic scent, color, and a wonderfully sweet and tart taste, they’re filled with wonderful antioxidants. In case you need a refresher, antioxidants help to protect our cells against heart disease and cancer. But what you may not know is just how powerful strawberries can be.
In a fascinating study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, 20 obese test subjects were given either dried strawberry powder equivalent to about 2 cups of whole strawberries or a strawberry flavored product that contained no fruit at all. Everything else in the diet, including calories and fat, was kept the same for both groups. After just three weeks on the strawberry supplement, total cholesterol levels dropped, good cholesterol (HDL) numbers rose, and the size of the bad cholesterol (LDL) particles enlarged, rendering it less harmful.
Other great antioxidant sources include oranges, cherries, spinach, and broccoli. Replace empty carbohydrates or unnecessary desserts with these options, and your heart will thank you in the long run.