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Calories In Strawberry

Strawberries are a very popular fruit, known for their characteristic red color and delicious taste. They originated in Europe a few centuries back; however, today, they enjoy worldwide recognition. Strawberries are consumed in large quantities and in many ways-as fresh fruit, milkshakes, cakes, and ice creams. Known as the 'Queen of fruit' in Asia, strawberries are not only tasty to eat but also have important nutrients. They are typically a seasonal fruit, available in summer (April through July).

However, over the years, scientists have been able to crossbreed them with different varieties. This has lead to a more perennial kind of strawberry that is available all year round.  Let us find out more about strawberries and their nutrition content:

  • Calories in strawberries are surprisingly lower than many fruits. A medium-sized strawberry has about four calories.
  • Nutrients in strawberries include vitamin C, various antioxidants, manganese, and folates.
  • Nutritional details of strawberries include a healthy amount of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and dietary fiber that helps to regulate blood sugar. It has a good amount of iodine, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamin K.

Calories In A Cup Of Strawberry

Strawberries are a tasty and healthy option for many weight watchers. Not only do they help in keeping weight in check, they are also a great source of nutrition for the body. A cup of strawberries is an excellent way to fill the tummy in between meals. Adding other fruits like blackberries and a banana makes a wholesome snack. Some nutritionists recommend strawberry smoothies as well. Nutrition facts in a cup of strawberry are as follows:

  • Calories in a cup of strawberries amount to 49 per serving (of which 4 come from the fat content of the fruit). The serving size would typically be 152 grams.
  • Total fat = 0.5 grams
  • Dietary fiber = 3 grams
  • Sugars = 7.4 grams
  • Vitamin C = 89.4 mg

Calories In Frozen Strawberry

Frozen strawberries are a great form of dessert. There are two types of frozen strawberries: sweetened and unsweetened. The latter is healthier as it doesn't contain added sugar. Frozen strawberries are used for a variety of things like desserts, cocktails, smoothies, and milkshakes. The nutrient content in strawberry is similar to fresh strawberries. Details are given as under:

  • Calories in frozen strawberry amount to 77. This is for one cup that weighs 221 grams.
  • Total fat = 0.2 grams
  • Dietary fiber = 5 grams
  • Sugars = 10.1 grams
  • Vitamin C = 91.0 mg

Calories In Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is a delicious dessert that is very popular in the West. It does, however, pack in a lot of calories and sugar. While frequent eating can lead to health problems in the long run, it is a great treat and can be had occasionally. One ounce of this dessert is about 28 grams. As this is a dessert, the nutritional composition of strawberry shortcake will differ from fresh produce. Here are the details:

  • Calories in strawberry shortcake are about 50 for a serving size of 28 grams.
  • Total fat = 2 grams
  • Dietary fiber = 0 grams
  • Sugars =  7 grams
  • Vitamin C = 0.7 mg

Calories In Half Cup Of Strawberry

Given below is the nutritional breakdown of half cup of strawberry.

  • Calories in half cup of strawberry amount to 24.
  • Total fat = 0.23 grams
  • Dietary fiber = 1.5 grams
  • Carbohydrate = 5/84 grams.

Properties Of Strawberry And Its Health Benefits

Strawberries contain many vital nutrients and vitamins, and the health benefits of strawberry go beyond weight loss and dieting. Recent studies have shown that strawberries can help fight against cancer cells with its antioxidant properties. These properties are also an important part of helping the body cope with heart disease, by fighting against free radical damage. Strawberries have been ranked as one of the 50 best antioxidant sources of food. Additionally, although strawberries contain a good amount of sugar, they can help in regulating blood sugar in the body. Research points out to polyphenols present in strawberries that help with this effect. Strawberries are also effective anti inflammatory agents due to the presence of phytonutrients.

Side Effects Of Strawberry

While strawberries are filled with great nutrition and are good to taste, they also have a few side effects. Eating too many strawberries, especially unripe, can lead to mouth irritation, which manifests as white spots on the tongue. This irritation can be painful and take a while to subside. Another issue is presence of pesticides in strawberry produce due to modern day farming techniques. It is best to wash the fruit carefully before consumption.

Tips On Strawberry Intake

Strawberries have a great number of health benefits, one being the presence of phytonutrients that contribute to its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have indicated that a healthy consumption of strawberries help in reducing unwanted inflammation and other toxins in the body.

  • Recommended quantity of strawberry intake should be at least three times a week.
  • Strawberries are a seasonal fruit. So, when to consume strawberry should ideally be during summer, when they are in season. Fresh produce is a healthier option with natural nutrients that can benefit the body.
  • Strawberries are a very popular fruit and are consumed in many different ways that enhance taste to the maximum. Healthy ways to eat strawberry would be as a fruit itself, without any added sugars or processing.  Smoothies are another healthy option.
  • Strawberries are a perishable fruit and require a lot of care. The quality of strawberry is best when it is fresh from the farm. Research has shown that strawberries lose some of the nutrients if kept for too long. So they must be consumed quickly.

Storage tips include at least 90% to 95% humidity at 36˚F for optimal storage.

Submitted on January 16, 2014