“Many of our studies are starting to identify the link between strawberries and heart health,” she said.
Another study by Britt Burton-Freeman, now at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
The study was conducted when Burton-Freeman was at the University of California at Davis and shows that strawberries reduce LDL oxidation and other “inflammatory markers” in overweight men and women in response to a high-fat meal.
For the study, overweight individuals, who are more at risk of developing heart disease than, were put on a strawberry diet.
The study showed that after eating a high-fat meal, “those on the strawberry diets had reduced inflammatory status,” Christian said. “Strawberries reduced both LDL oxidation and inflammation.”