Give Us the Berries!

Reviewed by Wendy Marcason, RDN

Bright red, sweet, succulent flavor — do field-fresh strawberries conjure up a wonderful sensation of spring?

Not only is this fruit unique in that it's the only one with seeds on the outside, but strawberries are among nature's best source of vitamin C — a vitamin that promotes immunity and wound healing, and helps your body use iron. This vitamin may offer heart-healthy and cancer-protective benefits, too. Strawberries also deliver potassium, magnesium and some folate.

There's more: Strawberries contain plant substances called phytonutrients — including quercetin, ellagic acid and anthocyanins — which may help protect you from cancer and heart disease, among others. All this for just 40 calories in 10 strawberries!

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