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Calories in Strawberries

Strawberries, as they are known today or the type commonly available in the market, are actually garden strawberries (the technical name for this is Fragaria × ananassa). It is actually a hybrid species and mass cultivated for its fruits. Strawberry is not exactly a berry, but falls into a group called ‘aggregate accessory fruits’. They are well loved for their characteristic sweetness, aroma, juicy texture, and bright red color. They are normally consumed either fresh or in prepared foods; some examples are fruit juice, preserves, ice creams, pies, and milk shakes. Because they are so well loved, merchants have incorporated artificial strawberry aromas into many types of industrialized food product.

Breakdown of Nutrients and Calories in Strawberries

Size Calories Fat Carbohydrate Protein
1 cup, halves(152.0 g) 49 0.5g 11.7g 1.0g
1 medium (1-1/4" dia) (12.0 g) 4 0.0g 0.9g 0.1g
1 large (1-3/8" dia) (18.0 g) 6 0.1g 1.4g 0.1g
1 small (1" dia) (7.0 g) 2 0.0g 0.5g 0.0g
1 extra large (1-5/8" dia) (27.0 g) 9 0.1g 2.1g 0.2g

For a serving size of about 152g, strawberries calories are just under 50; this is considered a bit low by the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) standards. Additionally, strawberries have no cholesterol and a very low fat content (the fruit has no saturated fat), so most are ready to accept it being as a healthy fruit. Even though the carbohydrate content is not significantly high (quite a fair amount of it is the good dietary fiber), sugar exists in much greater amounts - more than double that of dietary fiber. Strawberry is especially rich in vitamin C (which comprises some 149% - 149% of what? Daily intake or of the total fruit? Clarify) and a decent amount of minerals (such as calcium and iron). It also offers high levels of manganese and potassium.

Pro and Cons of Strawberries in Terms of Nutritional Value

When overall health is taken into consideration, the calories in a strawberry, which measure less than 50, is deemed to be insufficient for our daily energy replenishment. The non-existence of cholesterol and saturated fat, coupled with the fact that it is also low in sodium, makes the strawberry a desired healthy choice. Vitamin C also exists in great abundance along with a good amount of useful minerals (e.g. magnesium, potassium and manganese).

On the flipside, strawberries actually hold a significant amount of carbohydrates. It is not all bad since that means there is a good portion of dietary fiber in this carbohydrate content, but the health value is compromised since there is twice as much sugar as well. Sugar is of course linked to an array of conditions such as obesity and diabetes.

Effectiveness of Strawberries as a Weight Loss Agent

In a general sense, a number of factors mentioned above means that strawberries could offer additional help as you try to lose weight. Factors such as zero cholesterol, zero saturated fat, and the low calories strawberries are associated with can greatly complement your weight loss program. Additionally, the low calories in a strawberry means that more fat will have to be burnt in order to provide the extra energy (which is beneficial if your calories have been turned into body fat). But the overriding concern is still the high sugar content found in strawberries, which could likely derail your weight-loss program.

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