We’re starting a battle between strawberries and lemons.
Which is better for diabetics? There are some surprising results!
1) A 100 gram serving of raw strawberries includes: 32 calories, 0.7 grams of protein, 0.3 grams of fat, 7.7 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber.
2) Strawberries are fairly low-calorie. And while they contain a significant amount of carbohydrates, their modest protein content, coupled with their good fiber amount allows the human body to slowly digest these sweet treats, which, in effect, slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream.
3) Various research shows a clear link between regular berry consumption and enhanced heart health. And a recent study found that including strawberries in your daily diet can improve blood vessel function and systolic blood pressure. In fact, separate research showed that consuming a cup and a half of strawberries per week can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 34%.
4) Just 1 cup of strawberries supplies 140% of your daily vitamin C requirement! And studies show that the antioxidant activity of vitamin C can provide powerful benefits to your immune system.
5) With 2 grams of fiber per serving, strawberries clock in at 41 on the glycemic index, making them a low G.I. food source. So their dietary fiber can slow your digestion and the introduction of sugar into your bloodstream, thus helping you avoid a dramatic rise in your glucose levels.
6) Just like strawberries, lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C. In fact, a single lemon can contain about 50% of your recommended daily intake for vitamin C.
7) Multiple studies now show that lemons and lemon juice not only help you to better absorb certain nutrients, but also might contribute to overall better digestive health.
8) Pectin within lemons slows the digestion of sugars and starches, which, in turn, can improve gut health. Pectin has also been shown to increase digestive enzymes in the liver, which aids your body in eliminating waste and toxins from the digestive tract.
9) While lemons do carry the same amount of carbs as oranges, they actually contain less sugar. And, thanks largely to their dietary fiber content, their glycemic index sits at just 20. The soluble fiber of lemons helps slow digestion, which also slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream.