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Berries are healthiest when raw. Heating and cooking destroys some of their nutrients, including their vitamin C. Raw strawberries are loaded with vitamin C and are a great source of fibre. Other nutrients present in significant amounts are manganese, potassium and folate. Strawberries are low in fat, sodium and calories. Like all food from plants, they contain no cholesterol.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are chemicals that may prevent some types of cell damage. Another antioxidant in strawberries is ellagic acid, which is an interesting chemical. In lab equipment and laboratory animals, ellagic acid has killed cancer cells and inhibited the growth of tumours. This doesn't necessarily mean that it has the same effect in humans, but the possibility is there.
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Strawberries and blueberries are too healthy to be restricted to Independence Day celebrations. The sweetest fruits are surprisingly high in sugars, even though the sugars are natural. These fruits should probably be limited in the diet. Berries contain less sugar and should be eaten frequently. Their nutritional benefits are too good to miss.