Blueberries and strawberries are not only delicious to eat, they are also filled with nutrients that help control hunger, improve heart health and lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Knowing the nutritional breakdown of both blueberries and strawberries can help you see the individual benefits of both berries.
Sweet Source of Calories
While both berries are low-calorie fruits, the strawberries are much lower in calories than the blueberries. One cup of fresh blueberries contains 84 calories and 1 cup of fresh whole strawberries contains 46 calories. You can't go wrong calorie-wise with either berry. If you follow 2,000-calorie diet, one serving of either berry meets less than 5 percent of your daily calorie intake. Plus, the 1-cup serving size makes it a filling source of calories, which can help you manage your weight better.
Carbs, Sugar and Fiber
Strawberries also contain fewer carbs and sugar than blueberries, but blueberries have more fiber. A 1-cup serving of blueberries contains 21 grams of carbs, 14 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fiber. The same serving of fresh whole strawberries contains 11 grams of carbs, 7 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber. While both the blueberries and strawberries are a source of natural sugar, their nutrient content makes them a healthy source of sugar. Additionally, the fiber content in the berries might help reduce your risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Negligible Fat and Protein
Neither the blueberry nor the strawberry is a significant source of fat or protein. A 1-cup serving of blueberries contains 1 gram of protein and 0.5 grams of fat, while the same serving of whole strawberries contains 1 gram of protein and 0.4 grams of fat. Protein should provide 10 to 35 percent of your daily calorie intake, and fat 20 to 35 percent.
Vitamins and Minerals
When it comes to vitamins and minerals, strawberries are a better source of vitamin C and potassium, and the blueberries are a better source of vitamin A. A 1-cup serving of blueberries contains 14 milligrams of vitamin C, 80 International Units of vitamin A and 114 milligrams of potassium, while the same serving of whole strawberries contains 84 milligrams of vitamin C, 17 International Units of vitamin A and 220 milligrams of potassium. Both vitamins A and C are immune -boosting vitamins that help protect you from getting sick. Eating more potassium-rich foods may improve heart health by lowering blood pressure.
- ChooseMyPlate.gov: Why Is It Important to Eat Fruit?
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Blueberries, Raw
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Strawberries, Raw
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Eat More, Weigh Less?
- U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
- McKinley Health Center: Macronutrients: The Importance of Carbohdyrates, Protein, and Fat
- KidsHealth: Vitamins