Fruit Spotlight Luscious strawberries pack nutrition- al goodness into a versatile, flavorful treat. Loaded with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, strawberries are sodi- um-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free and low-calorie. Strawberries have a high polyphenol content which is linked to lower cho- lesterol and blood pressure. A 2019 report from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), links the pigment coloring found in strawberries to a reduced risk of myocardial infarction. Certain antioxidants found in straw- berries are believed to reduce the risk of stroke. These antioxidants work against free radicals, inhibiting tumor growth and decreasing inflammation in the body.

Additionally, the substantial fiber con- tent in strawberries aids digestion. Fiber regulates and stabilizes blood sugar by avoiding extreme highs and lows, making strawberries a good food choice for diabetics. Strawber- ries have a low glycemic index (GI) score of 40 and reduce the urge to snack between meals. Eat strawberries alone or

cheese. Add sliced strawberries to cold cereal or Greek yogurt. Blend them with a banana, low-fat milk, and ice for a smoothie. Enjoy versatile, nutritious strawber- ries any way you like them and reap the health benefits.

with a variety of other foods. Mix them with grapes, pineapple and sliced peaches for

a fruit cockt ail. S lice them into chicken salad or spinach salad with walnuts and goat

vitamins without harmful additives or hidden calories. Put any fruit or combinations of fruit, herbs and vegetables into a pitcher of water and enjoy the taste while rea- ping health benefits. The longer fruits stay in the water, the stronger the fla- vor. Within about 15 minutes, the wa- ter has a nice, mild flavor. Reuse the fruit for up to four refills. SOME FUNFLAVORCOMBINATIONS Grapefruit / Rosemary Orange / Carrot / Celery Lemon / Lime Blueberry / Orange Pineapple / Coconut Raspberry / Mint Watermelon / Basil Crafting flavorful combinations is a fun way to achieve hydration health.

FRUIT-INFUSED WATER A 2013 study at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris claimed that 83 percent of adult women are not drinking enough water. People should drink about two liters of wa- ter per day, especially in the sum- mer, exper ts say. Water fuels the cells, flushes toxins and bacteria from the body, enhances digestion, improves brain function, in- creases metabolism and aids in weight loss, according to the Centers for Di- sease Control and Prevention (CDC). By keeping hydrated, the body can transpor t oxygen and nutrients effi- ciently and maintain a consistent tem- perature. Adequate hydration keeps skin soft and smooth, minimizes organ strain, increases muscle energy levels and lubricates joints. Fruit-infused water promotes hyd- ration. Not only does infusing water encourage people to drink more, but it also means that they consume he- althy natural ingredients. By control- ling what goes into the water, people can add tasty ingredients containing


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