April 7, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever...

I'm not sure if anyone was able to tune in to watch the evening news tonight, but there was a very interesting report about the relationship between strawberry consumption and certain types of cancer. Recent scientific studies have shown that these little berries can actually inhibit the growth of precancerous lesions, specifically those located in the esophagus and throat. Besides being low in calories and high in vitamin C, they also contain antioxidants needed to help improve memory and reduce the risk of heart disease.

The downside of the study through the American Association for Cancer Research:  patients need to consume freeze-dried strawberries as opposed to fresh.

Here's an excerpt:

"Study participants with precancerous lesions ate 60 grams of freeze-dried strawberries daily for six months. The reason for using freeze-dried strawberries versus fresh strawberries, was because freeze-drying provided a concentrated amount of cancer-preventing ingredients like flavonols. Results showed that growth of the lesions slowed significantly in 29 of the 36 participants. While experts state the results of the findings are encouraging, they stress the findings are too preliminary to suggest any strong link between eating strawberries and preventing cancer."

Even though the findings are only in the preliminary stages, I don't mind eating strawberries on a daily basis at all. Grab a bowlful!  Indulge yourself, add a touch of light cream, and dream of the summer season to come...

3 comments:

Libby said...

Interesting fact. We love strawberries over here ;)

Ispirato Design said...

How odd that they have to be be freeze dried. Where do you even find freeze dried strawberries- breakfast cereals?

"Vanilla and Thyme" said...

Not even sure myself, but I'll be checking around and will keep you posted~