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7 amazing features of strawberry, of which you had no idea
- Let the berry?
- Such a different strawberry
- How to choose healthy fruits
- Surprising facts you might not know
- 1. Strawberry is the best source of vitamin C
- 2. Reduces the risk of developing cancer
- 3. Is considered a natural substitute for viagra
- 4. Useful for mother and fetus
- 5. Recommended for all who are involved in sports
- 6. Activates the ability to learn
- 7. Helps waist get thinner
- What to submit for dessert?
Warm up on a cold winter helps sweet tea with a fragrant strawberry jam, and enjoy vibrant flavors in the summer, juicy and ripe berries straight from the garden. But is it always strawberry brings you only benefits? The main question of the summer-versed MedAboutMe.
Let the berry?
Every year, the international organization Environmental Working Group, specializing in research and advocacy work in the field of environmental protection and the protection of human health, publishes the “dirty dozen”. This is the list of products that are most highly contaminated with pesticides.
For several consecutive years, “anti-rating” is headed by the strawberries. However, the most impatient consumers could experience for yourself. With the beginning of importation of “foreign” strawberries in the markets and in shops of Moscow the number of available “beds” in the infectious ward of the capital significantly decreased. But not only are pesticides dangerous first berries of the season!
From June to September last year in Sweden, there were 20 cases of hepatitis a from frozen strawberries from Poland. Contaminated product was served, composed of smoothies and sweet desserts in hotels and restaurants, schools, nursing homes.
And the strawberries from China in 2018, the year the specialists of the Rosselkhoznadzor found antibiotics streptomycin group. In addition, the berries were treated with the pesticide lufenuron.
From the foregoing we can conclude: if we are to feast on juicy strawberries its own native, originally from Russia and passed the test of the relevant authorities.
In ancient times, the strawberry was considered not just a dessert, and a cure for many diseases. With its help, “treated” fever, they removed a headache and normalizing the work of digestion. And the French still consider strawberries a powerful aphrodisiac and prescribed her before the love joys.
Such a different strawberry
The first mention of strawberries date back to 230 BC, when it began to grow on the expanse of Italy. But fame delicious berries was only in the sixteenth century, when strawberries are “conquered” Europe.
Today, there are more than 300 species of strawberry (Botanical name berries). Its largest producer is America, or rather, California. Every year they collect about a billion ton of ripe berries.
The world’s best quality fruits, recognized by world experts, are grown in Brittany (France). And most of all love and revere a popular plant in Belgium — where it is the only Museum in the world of strawberries.
Used to deny a child in strawberries because of the risk of allergies? Did you know that scientists have bred a variety with white fruits? In the gustatory sensations of white berries are not inferior to the red counterparts.
How to choose healthy fruits
In one of the elite restaurants in the USA and consists of a dish of strawberries, $ 1.4 billion. It consists of ripe berries, sweet cream, leaves fresh mint and a gold ring with a pink diamond. A delicious treat for those who are planning to join hearts in marriage.
Strawberries taken as the basis of the dish is not an accident! Scientists have shown that they stimulate the production of endorphins in the body — the so-called “hormones of happiness”. But to the necessary processes on time, “developed”, the berries should be of good quality. How to recognize them among many others?
- Choose tight, firm berries deep red or Burgundy color.
- Check fruit for damage: there should not be dents and voids, and the barrels must be integers.
- Do not buy berries with greenish tip or immature parties, their flavor characteristics leave much to be desired.
- Smell strawberries before buying. If you feel it is bright, sweet flavor notes of “acidity” means that the fruit is not less than two days. Some of them have already strayed. Have them in this case impossible due to a high risk of catching an intestinal infection.
Did you know?
Strawberry is one of the few plants whose seeds are not inside berries, and on the outside. By the way, which is why it so quickly grows and explores new territory. One berry can be up to 200 seeds!
Surprising facts you might not know
1. Strawberry is the best source of vitamin C
The content “askorbinki” strawberry will give odds to any citrus. 100 grams of fresh fruit contains about 98% of the daily value of this antioxidant.
By the way, studies show that vitamin C exhibits a high activity in combating free radicals — the main culprits of premature aging. Therefore, strawberry is part of many creams and salon procedures with effect anti-age.
2. Reduces the risk of developing cancer
According to the data published the American edition of Journal of Agricultural, strawberries can be a good preventive measure against cancer of the breast, cervix, esophagus, prostate, pancreas and colon. In its composition contains allynova acid — a substance with proven anti-cancer properties.
Once the last berry of the strawberries will be picked up from the patch, starts the raspberry season. Interestingly, the contents alienboy acid in it more than a strawberry in 2 times more than in walnuts in 5 times.
3. Is considered a natural substitute for viagra
Ripe strawberries can enrich the human body not only vitamins but also minerals. In strawberry there is potassium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus and calcium. But the attention of scientists attracts a large amount of zinc.
In the body of a man, he is “responsible” for the normal functioning of the genitourinary system and has a positive effect on potency. Therefore, strawberries are sometimes called natural viagra.
4. Useful for mother and fetus
The most important “female” vitamin is folic acid. It is very necessary to the future mother during pregnancy planning and during her first 12 weeks. If the body has a shortage of folic acid can develop malformations in the fetus. 100 g strawberries more than 13% of the daily value of this vitamin, which is quite important.
By the way!
Pregnant women are needlessly afraid to lean on strawberries in season. Studies have shown that because of its unique biochemical composition of the berries suppress inflammation in the body and reduce the risk of allergic reactions.
5. Recommended for all who are involved in sports
In one Cup of strawberries 30% of the daily value of magnesium. This mineral must be present in the menu of athletes and all those involved in heavy physical labor. It is involved in the process of absorption of oxygen, helps to maintain the balance of electrolytes in the body, affect muscle function.
Women magnesium is needed in order to make it easier to through PMS because he has the ability to relax smooth muscles.
If the body lacks magnesium, you may experience such unpleasant effects as heart palpitations, headaches, fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased performance, fatigue.
6. Activates the ability to learn
Fortunately for those who entered the higher educational institutions of the country, strawberry season coincides with exams. Research shows that if the daily use ripe berries, you can strengthen short-term memory and to improve the condition of the nervous system.
A wonderful effect is given flavonoids berries. So, fittin now scientists see as the basis of drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It stimulates learning abilities and improves cognitive functions.
7. Helps waist get thinner
A study conducted by experts at Harvard school of public health, showed that people who daily eat a lot of fresh fruits, berries and vegetables tend to weigh less and have a thin waist.
Strawberries contain useful fiber, vitamins a, C, E and PP and group B, and therefore, can play a significant role in maintaining a healthy weight.
Large strawberries — not necessarily saturated “with chemicals”. The fruit size may be a feature of the variety. Thus, the large berries are more often found among the early varieties of strawberries.
What to submit for dessert?
Most useful fresh strawberries just off the vine. The fact that during heat treatment a large part of the vitamins and minerals in the fruit is destroyed, but this does not mean that the berries lose all their favor. However, fresh and processed berries is better to alternate.
Strawberries can be a great component in sauces for poultry and fish, to be part of a smoothie, ice cream, cakes and salads, combined with cheeses, cereals, and supplemented dairy products. Interestingly, in America it is possible to order the pickled green strawberries — a kind of alternative to pickles.
Looking for something different? Prepare a strawberry Daiquiri!
Connect 10 strawberries, 4 teaspoons sugar, 70 ml of light rum, 2 tablespoons strawberry liqueur and 50ml of lime juice. Mash, puree, pour into glasses. Bon appetit!
Elena Cullen, an expert in the psychology of weight loss, consultant for nutritional support and a healthy lifestyle, psychologist
Of strawberries, depending on the growing region, is a different degree of sweetness, thus it is always juicy, and in season, roughly from late April to late June are very fragrant.
When consuming strawberries, we get vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B9, C,E, K, H and PP. It also contains minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iodine, phosphorus and sodium. Strawberry good for peristalsis, so it is recommended to drink for constipation.
Besides, it refreshes the skin if you use it as a mask. It is noticed that the use of this berry helps to relieve joint pain. Strawberry contains acid, which can irritate the stomach wall, so it is recommended to use the end of a meal or mixed with cream as the fats prevent the aggressive action of acid.
What can you make out of strawberries?
1) strawberries traditionally cooked jam. An excellent recipe to add when cooking the coconut milk, the juice and zest of lime, which make the taste very rich and unusual. I also recommend that when preparing to use generouse substance pectin, which helps to reduce the amount of sugar in 2 or even 3 times.
2) Strawberry goes well with rhubarb, whose season is just at the same time. From this combination it is possible to prepare juice. The stem of the plant is cleaned and cut slices of 1 cm, the strawberries cut into quarters, then pour boiling water over night. In the morning add honey to taste, mint and can be used, preferably chilled.
3) In the high season I recommend to prepare a delicious strawberry cobbler. This will require a carefully whisk 4 eggs with a Cup of brown sugar, then add to the future of biscuit dough cups flour. Half of the test results in a form that is laid out from 200 to 400 grams of strawberries and closes the second half of the test. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees until a beautiful Golden color and dry out of midway, toothpick, about 30-40 minutes.
4) the Berry can be added to yogurt, morning oatmeal, mix it with salad leaves, goat cheese and balsamic vinegar.
Remember, what is important is, if there is hunger, since any excess food is stored as fat, without bringing any benefit.
Emilia Viktorovna tsybikova, PhD in medical Sciences, the doctor of the clinic of Tibetan medicine in Moscow the clinical base of the First Moscow state medical University. I. M. Sechenov
In Tibetan medicine, strawberries are considered a good means of prevention and treatment of heat diseases of the blood vessels (arteries, veins) and the nervous system.
Sweet and sour taste of this fruit is ideal for system Rlung (Wind), which is responsible for mental activity, mental health, emotional state and nervous system as a whole. The strawberry has a cooling effect, and therefore useful not just for nervous diseases, namely, in the heat of the Wind.
This means that it has a calming effect, helps with irritability, nervousness, irascibility, anger, anxiety, nervous stress, emotional excitement, mental strain. Eating strawberries can improve emotional state, to enhance the mood.
In addition, it is a good means of prevention of vascular spasms and exacerbations of cardiovascular diseases.
In addition to the nervous system the Wind is responsible for the functioning of the heart and blood vessels. Soothing heat, the strawberry is useful for the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension), hypertension, atherosclerosis (scenario heat).
This berry improves vascular tone, blood circulation, positively affects the blood supply to the brain, helps with anemia, helps to normalize heart beat (tachycardia, arrhythmia).
Tibetan medicine uses the healing properties of strawberries when heat illness such as gout (gouty arthritis). It is a metabolic disease that is associated with the heat of the liver, abuse the “hot” products — smoked, spicy, salty, fried meat food, canned goods, and wine and strong alcoholic drinks. Reducing heat helps to improve the metabolism and relieve the symptoms of gout.
Strawberry has a therapeutic and preventive action in diseases of the respiratory tract — larynx, trachea, bronchi, lungs, dry cough, hoarseness, dry throat heat. This action is particularly evident in combination with such spices as cloves (lishi — TIB.) or Tibetan herbal remedies based on it.
The activity of the Wind determines the aging and lifespan. Harmonizing and soothing the system, strawberries prolongs life, slows down aging, has anti-aging effect.
System the Wind is most active in old age, so the strawberry is especially useful for the elderly. In particular, it is able to counteract the degenerative disc disease, nervous disorders, sleep disorders. This step is best disclosed in conjunction with nutmeg.
Strawberry has a cooling effect, so best suited for summer, hot time. Rules of a balanced diet of Tibetan medicine require correction of such products spices.
1. For example, you can prepare this sauce:
Take 400-500 g strawberries, wash, remove greens, cut the berries in halves or quarters (depending on size). Folded into a saucepan with a thick bottom, put on low fire. Add 1 teaspoon minced ginger root 3 cloves garlic, cut into thin slices, 3 tablespoons Apple vinegar, 3 pinches of salt 1-3 pinches of ground red chilli (depending on spiciness of the pepper).
Increase the heat and bring to a boil again and reduce to a minimum. If the berries are sweet, the sugar should not be added, and if sour, you can add 4-6 teaspoons of sugar (to taste). Simmer the sauce on heat for 30-40 minutes until it become smooth, stirring so as not burnt. After that, grind the sauce or blend in a blender.
This sauce can be prepared without garlic and vinegar with 2 pinches of salt, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger root, 1-2 pinches hot pepper of Chile (or half fresh, chopped), 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
3. When cooking the strawberry jam it is recommended to add a small amount of fresh ginger root cut into thin slices.
You should not use this berry in combination with other cooling products, especially cold. Such harmful add-ons include semolina, curds, cream, milk and especially ice cream. Especially dairy products and berries are considered in Tibetan medicine are incompatible.
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