“It’s a very highly interactive event,” Christian said. “It’s real time. People around the country who follow these bloggers have never been to a field. This way they can hear and learn. It’s a great way to get people more engaged with the food they eat.”
The commission also works with three registered dietitian bloggers: David Grotto, Sylvia Melendez Klinger and Mitzi Dulan.
They contribute throughout the year, not only with informational articles but also with recipes they’ve helped develop.
Pairing with nutrition educators makes sense, since strawberries play well into healthful eating plans as well as diets for diabetics or weight management, Christian said.
“Strawberries have some of the lowest sugars of all fruit,” she said, citing American Diabetes Association data. “It’s one of the top superfruits with only 7 grams of sugar per serving, so it’s quite a bit lower than other fruits.”
Research conducted on behalf of the commission also found that consuming the red berries helps improve insulin resistance.
Because these benefits are not as widely known as the commission would like, Christian said it’s conducting an outreach campaign to health professionals, especially diabetes educators, as well as consumers.