Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Strawberries!


Tis the season for the strawberry! Work had this in our weekly newsletter and I had to share with you guys! I love learning new things, don't you?? :)

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

The average strawberry has 200 seeds.

The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.

Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

Ninety-four percent of US households consume strawberries.

Americans eat ¾ pounds of fresh strawberries each year plus another 1.8 pounds of frozen.

Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%. This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier. In a test, subjects who ate nitrate rich foods like strawberries, before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who did not.

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