The USDA's new Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released in April, 2005. The new dietary guidelines recommend eating four cups of fruits and vegetables every day. According to these guidelines, Americans should consume two cups of fruit each day and, according to the latest nutrition research, eating eight California strawberries a day may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers and improve memory.
California Strawberries are being called a nutritional super food because they are an excellent source of antioxidants including Vitamin C, and have high levels of potassium, folate and fiber. These three dietary components (Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber) are among seven nutrients highlighted as lacking in American diets by the Advisory Committee for the new Dietary Guidelines. Additionally, strawberries are naturally low in sugar (only 7g per serving), making them a naturally sweet indulgence for today’s dieters.
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