Well, here it is, the long-awaited strawberry season. It's time to eat it for a whole year, prepare for the winter.
However, as the nutritionist, clinical psychologist and nutritionist, member of the National Association of Clinical Nutrition Anna Ivashkevich, says strawberry, with all its benefits, is far from being shown to everyone. Some people need to eat it with great care.
Our expert advises to be extremely careful when buying strawberries. Pay attention to color, taste, smell and even size.
“The ripe berry should have a rich bright color, the tail is green and fleshy. The seeds on the berry should be in a certain recess – from this, one can understand that the berry has reached maximum maturity. Be sure to smell the berry – it should smell like the smell of strawberries, the smell we all know from childhood. If the berry does not smell, it most likely came to us from far away and was probably pumped up with something, ”says Anna Ivashkevich.
Do not rush to joy overeat the first strawberries. Large quantities of this berry will not bring benefits, but they can be very harmful.
“The main feature of strawberries is an increase in the secretion of digestive juices, an increase in their enzymatic activity. It is necessary for us to maintain the acid-base balance in the body, as well as a positive effect on the intestinal microflora and takes an active part in metabolism, ”continues our expert.
In addition, strawberries, like many red foods, are a strong allergen.
Therefore, it is contraindicated for people prone to allergic reactions, small children, and pregnant women and nursing mothers. Allergic reactions can manifest themselves in different ways – from skin rashes (urticaria) to dizziness, nausea, upset stools and severe angioedema.
Like all berries, in the absence of contraindications and in reasonable quantities strawberry is very useful. It contains sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins of group B, C, essential oils and pectin. With it you can cook summer soups, salads, sauces, compotes and jelly.