“As more Americans embrace healthy eating trends to promote their own health and guard against illness, these types of findings are important,” said Dr. Jenkins. “Diet plays a crucial role in lowering cholesterol and including antioxidant-rich strawberries in a healthy diet is a behavior change that’s simple and delicious to make.”
Antioxidants are the body’s internal heroes that go to battle with harmful “free radicals” known to contribute to diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. According to a US Department of Agriculture study, strawberries rank third when compared to the top fresh fruits and vegetables.
Results showed that the subjects who ate strawberries had several positive effects. While continuing to maintain their lowered blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, the strawberries also reduced oxidative damage to LDL cholesterol. LDL is the ‘bad’ cholesterol, and it becomes even more damaging when it becomes oxidized. Furthermore, the strawberries improved the taste of the cholesterol-lowering diet. Overall, the research shows that strawberries can improve the effectiveness of diets designed to lower the risk of coronary heart disease.
For more information, contact the California Strawberry Commission at 831-724-1301.
SOURCE California Strawberry Commission