While tennis champion Andy Murray sweats it out defending his Wimbledon crown over the next couple of weeks, most of us ordinary folk will be wondering how many bowls of strawberries and cream we can get away with eating.
Strawberries and cream are one of those special combinations, like Glastonbury and the rain, that signify that the British summer is truly here.
Strawberries and cream are not completely terrible for our health, as long as it is actually strawberries and cream we’re eating rather than a bowl of cream with a couple of sad strawberries floating in the middle. Here are some facts and health benefits behind a culinary Wimbledon tradition that dates back to 1953:
- Strawberries are part of the Rosaceae family of plants which also includes roses
- The fruit is native to Europe.
- Fresh strawberries contain lots of vitamin C which helps the body ward off infection
- Strawberries are generally a low calorie option – about 32kcal per 100g. Obviously, drowning them in cream changes things a bit…
- Strawberries contain a good amount of fibre which is important for digestive and bowel health.
- These lovely red fruit contain lots of potassium as well as other health giving minerals. Potassium is vital for blood pressure balance among other things.
- An Ohio State study suggested that the consumption fresh strawberries reduced the development of cancer in rodents. Further research is being done on this potential benefit for humans.
and as for the cream…
Whichever way you look at it, standard full-fat cream is not the healthiest of options but, oh, it’s SO delicious! Cream is well-known for its high fat content but, used in moderation, there are some positives to pouring it all over your strawberries.
- As a dairy product, cream is a good source of calcium, and it is also provides phosphorous which is needed for bone health.
- There are healthier alternatives to cream such as Alpro soya cream and Oatly cream
- Try natural yoghurt for a lower fat option if your counting the calories.