3 reasons runners need to eat more strawberries

why runners need to eat more strawberries

There's nothing more English than a bowl of strawberries and cream. Yet it turns, one of the nation's favourite sweet summer snacks is actually packed with nutritional value.

Here's why all runners should be getting more strawberries this summer:

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1. Strawberries help your digestion

Strawberries are high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all of which are going to help support a healthy gut. Antioxidants will help with absorption of key nutrients including protein and iron. Fiber plays a critical role in digestion by helping move things along and keeping you regular.

2. They're a good low calorie snack if you're watching your weight 

Berries are a great snack if you’re looking to lose or maintain weight. They are naturally sweet, which makes them a nice replacement of biscuits or sweet treats to satisfy that after-dinner sweet tooth. Per berry there are only four calories, and, as mentioned above, they are naturally high in fiber, which is going to help slow digestion and regulate blood sugar levels.

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3. They help you fight colds and boost your immune system

As Brits, we know despite the sunshine, the cold and rain is never far away. Luckily, the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in strawberries can help keep you healthy. One cup of berries gives you 150 percent of your recommended vitamin C, which helps promote a hard working immune system, along with protecting against other ailments such as cardiovascular disease, skin wrinkling, eye health, and more.  

A version of this article appeared on runnersworld.com