Snack on strawberries to support your waistline

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Snack on strawberries to support your waistline

Crackers, candy, and chips, oh my. All three made the list of the most popular snack foods in America. But if you want to stay trim, you’ll have to swap out these fattening foods for a more wholesome choice. Check out three science-backed nutrients that make strawberries a delicious alternative.

Flavonoids. You’ll find these plant compounds in fruits like strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and pears. If you eat a lot of these foods, you may have less weight gain over time.

That’s what researchers found in a recent 24-year study published in BMJ. They reviewed data from 124,086 participants in three long-running health studies and found some encouraging results. Flavonoids may lower the amount of fat your cells absorb, increase the number of calories you use throughout the day, and block the formation of fat.

Vitamin C. People who don’t get enough vitamin C may be more resistant to fat loss, says a study. But get the right amount of vitamin C, and you could burn 30 percent more fat during exercise than folks with low vitamin levels. That’s because vitamin C has a hand in exercise performance, stamina, and fat burning.

Good news — a cup of sliced strawberries has 163 percent of the vitamin C you need each day.

Fiber. And don’t forget to bulk up — with fiber. That same cup of strawberries has 13 percent of the fiber you need daily. A recent study showed that a high-fiber diet helps with weight loss.

Roughage fills you up, so snacking on strawberries will make you feel full longer and keep you from nibbling on other things.

 

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  • FC&A Staff Writer