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Where does the red color of strawberries come from?

Where does the red color of strawberries come from?

Did you know that strawberries were previously used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes? Well, yes, this practice was widespread since the times of our ancestors. Moreover, the flavonoids, which are essential phenolic compounds present in strawberries, are responsible for this fruit’s red color. Also, they count among the compounds that contribute the most to the antioxidant capacity of strawberries.

Nutrition-wise, strawberries are considered as one of the richest fruits in vitamin C. Also, the presence of carotenoids and polyphenols in the fruit acts on strengthening the effects of this vitamin. Furthermore, strawberries are known to be low in calories (about 45 kcal / 150 g) and high in water which makes them very refreshing. They also offer an interesting amount of fibers (about 2 g / 100 g) and minerals, particularly potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. Finally, the antioxidant and protective effect of this fruit against cancer and certain cardiovascular diseases are nowadays well demonstrated.

On the other hand, strawberries are among the foods that release histamine in the body (a substance naturally produced by the body after consuming certain foods). And this characteristic is, in fact, the cause of an eventual allergy to strawberries found in some persons whose digestive system proves to be histamine intolerant. In such a case, these persons should always refer to their specialist physician.

On the practical side, we should always pick strawberry pieces which are shiny and evenly colored and whose tail is dark green. These must also have a pleasant scent which is a way of confirming their high quality. Moreover, we should not remove the tail before rinsing this fruit in a sieve; also, we should never dip the strawberries in water. These strawberries must be consumed as quickly as possible since they are very fragile and won’t last beyond 48 hours. Finally, it would be a good idea to taste this fruit in its natural form. However, it is also possible to eat it with some dark chocolate pieces (which we should prefer to sugar)!

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