Carbs in Strawberries

Nutritional Information and Health Benefits

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Strawberries are highly nutritious, and they are one of the fruits that is lowest in sugar.  Berries, including strawberries, are among the best choices of fruit on a low-carb diet.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Strawberries

  • ½ cup sliced strawberries: 5 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1.5 grams of fiber and 26 calories.
  • 1 large (1 3/8 inch in diameter) strawberry: 1 gram of effective (net) carbohydrate plus .5 grams of fiber and 6 calories.

    Glycemic Index for Strawberries

    One study of strawberries had an average GI of 40.

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    Glycemic Load of Strawberries

    • ½ cup of sliced strawberries: 1.5
    • 1 large (1 3/8 inch diameter) strawberry: 0

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    Health Benefits of Strawberries

    Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of manganese. They also contain relatively large amounts of phytonutrients, especially anthocyanins and others which may help protect our cells from damage.  Strawberries have been rated as one of the fruits highest in antioxidants, and there is some evidence of reduction of cancer risk from strawberries. More About the Health Benefits of Berries, and Serving Suggestions

    Selection and Storage of Strawberries

    It's important to pay attention to the ripeness of the strawberries you buy.  Not only does a perfectly ripe strawberry have the best flavor, but it also contains more nutrients than strawberries that are not quite ripe, as well as those that are past their prime.

      Although we can now buy fresh strawberries year-round, they are much better when you can get them locally and in-season, as strawberries that have to be shipped long distances are often under-ripe and have a somewhat woody texture.  Frozen strawberries that were picked in their prime are probably preferable to fresh ones that have traveled hundreds or thousands of miles in their cartons.

    Look for strawberries that are red all the way to the stem end.  Avoid berries that have whitish or green areas, or are damaged in any way.  If you are buying them in a clear plastic container, be sure to look at the berries on the bottom, as it's a common trick to put the less-ripe berries there.  Make sure there are no signs of leaking juice or mold on the berries.

    When you get your strawberries home, take them out of the container and make sure there were no damaged ones hiding inside, as this will quickly contaminate the rest of them.  Store in the refrigerator, and don't wash until right before you are going to use them.  If you aren't going to be able to use them before they go bad, put them in a plastic bag in the freezer.

    Low-Carb Recipes With Strawberries

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