Just wanted to let you know that this berry-licious post is sponsored by my friends over at California Strawberries!
Guess what, we’re not talking about food today! Okay, well we sort of are. We are talking all about STRAWBERRIES!
A few weeks ago I had the awesome experience of going to Monterey, California with the California Strawberries Commission to learn about ALL things strawberry.
We also ate A LOT of strawberries. Not that I am complaining.
Monterey is SUCH a beautiful area and I absolutely loved meeting all the of the awesome people behind California strawberries, the farmers and even some new blogging friends!
Also, you SRSLY have not lived until you’ve had a fresh California strawberry right. off. the. vine.
Really. I wish I could learn to teleport just so that I can randomly hit up the fields of California and pick some strawberries to munch whenever I felt the urge. Which would be, like, ALL THE TIME. They were SO SO SO good you guys.
Like I said, we ate some amazing things: pork belly with balsamic strawberries, elderflower cocktails with POP ROCKS (how fun is that?!), the creamiest strawberry ice cream EVER, bacon dusted, cheese-coated strawberries and strawberry shrimp ceviche stuffed avocados….you know, just to name A FEW.
Don’t mind me while I just sit here and pretend my morning bowl of oatmeal is actually strawberry peach toast with creamy goat cheese (also another delicious item on the trip.)
BUT, besides eating ALL THE STRAWBERRY THINGS, we also learned a lot of really exciting nutrition-facts about strawberries and also some information about pesticides.
On the trip we learned about the Alliance for Food and Farming. They created these super nifty website “safefruitsandveggies.com” that is a website developed with experts in toxicology, nutrition, medicine, and risk-analysis. The farming information on the site is science based, peer-reviews and SUPER easy to understand.
I love that the main goal of the Alliance for Food and Farming is to provide easy to understand, science-based information so that facts, not fears, guide shopping choices. They just want to help people lead a longer, healthier life by eating more fruits and veggies. They want YOU to know that organic or convential produce can be eaten with confidence and both are safe. The key point is just to start eating them! Super simple!
The coolest feature (I think!) of the website is the pesticide residue calculator. This tells you many servings of a fruit or veggie you could eat PER DAY without any effect even if the fruits/veggies have the highest pesticide residue recorded by the USDA.
For example, did you know that pesticide residues on strawberries, if found at all, are so low that childen can consume 1508 servings PER DAY without any effect. You guys. 1508 servings of strawberries PER DAY.
No harm done. SO interesting!
We also learned some health facts about strawberries, and I’ve picked my top 5 to share with you!
#1: Strawberries are brimming with good-for-you nutrients!
One serving of eight medium-sized strawberries contains:
- 140 per cent of Daily Value for vitamin C
- 8 per cent of Daily Value for folate
- 12 per cent of Daily Value for dietary fiber
- 6 per cent of Daily Value for potassium
- Only 7 grams of sugar
- 45 calories
Pretty much the worlds most perfect strawberry.
#2: Strawberries are good for your heart!
Anthocyanins are phytonutrients (or natural plant chemicals) found in strawberries. A 2013 study found that high anthocyanin intake (more than 3 weekly servings of strawberries) is associated with a lower risk of heart attacks in middle-aged women.
Excuse me while I go feast on strawberries.
#3: Strawberries are good for your MIND!
Researchers recently discovered that an eating plan that can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by more than one-third: The MIND, diet. (The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) You know what it’s secret is? Berries! A healthy daily dose of strawberries and blueberries in your diet can play a big role in preventing dementia as you get older!!
#4: Strawberries have less sugar than many realize!
Myth: Strawberries have more sugar than other fruits.
Fact: Strawberries have the lowest amount of sugar (7 grams) per one-cup serving compared to these other popular fruits.
They taste like natures candy…but they’re a whole lot better for ya!
#5: Strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange!
Myth: Oranges have more vitamin C per serving than strawberries.
Fact: A one-cup serving of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant properties, helping to protect the body from oxidative stress.
This one SHOCKED me. I thought that oranges were the be all and end all of the Vitamin C world!
Well, I hope you learned some fun strawberry facts! Now go and get your eatin’ on!
THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY MY FRIENDS AT CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO CONTINUE CREATING GREAT CONTENT FOR YOU BY SUPPORTING PARTNERSHIPS WITH SUPER-FAB BRANDS THAT FOOD FAITH FITNESS LOVES TO WORK WITH! AS ALWAYS, OPINIONS REMAIN 100% MY OWN!