Strawberries are a popular fruit high in vitamins, antioxidants and other important nutrients. This versatile red fruit can be enjoyed alone or as part of meals, salads or desserts.
The typical serving size of strawberries is one cup, or approximately eight large strawberries. A single serving of strawberries contains 50 calories, 11 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein. Strawberries contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium.
One serving of strawberries contains 160 percent of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. Strawberries are also high in folate, which is especially important for pregnant women.
Strawberries provide 170 milligrams of potassium per serving. Strawberries also provide 2 percent of the daily recommendation for calcium and iron.
Fiber and Sugar
A serving of strawberries has 2 grams of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. It also has 9 grams of sugar, mostly in the form of fructose.
Antioxidants and Flavonoids
A cup of strawberries is high in antioxidants and flavonoids, compounds that have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.
- California Strawberry Commission
- The World's Healthiest Foods, Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating; George Mateljan; 2006