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Care of Ashley Sauve

“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.”

Dr. William Butler, a 17th Century English Writer was talking about strawberries of course!

He was right, these sweet jewels are packed with nutrition, as well as sweet flavor to warm the coolest of hearts this Valentine’s Day. In fact, it may be safe to say that no other food is as closely associated with love and romance as the strawberry! Whether dipped in chocolate, or served alongside champagne, there are a few good reasons to include these berries in your celebration of love (and every other day too)!

For starters, strawberries pack a mean antioxidant punch. In fact, when scientists analyzed antioxidant capacity of common serving sizes for all U.S. foods, strawberries came up 3rd! This is no small feat, and while strawberries may not commonly be referred to as a ‘superfood’ they have more than earned the title.

Antioxidants are crucial for protecting the body from free radical damage that may occur as a result of chemical exposure, pollution, environmental toxins, radiation and even as a byproduct of ordinary metabolism. This means that foods high in antioxidants have been associated with reduced risk of infection and some cancers, and they are heart-healthy as well!

Nutritionists recommend consuming berries as often as possible to meet your fruit requirements each day, as their nutritional score is higher than other common fruits.

Strawberries are a wonderful addition to many recipes: try them in a smoothie at breakfast, use to top a spinach salad for lunch and enjoy as a sweet dessert after dinner.

Really, just eat them! This is a food that truly loves you back.