New research from the University of Warwick Medical School found that strawberries are extremely effective at preventing heart disease and diabetes. The Warwick Medical School research team discovered that extracts from strawberries positively activate a protein in our bodies called Nrf2. This protein has shown to increase antioxidant and other protective activities. It also decreases blood lipids and cholesterol, two factors that can lead to cardiovascular disorders. Former studies have found that strawberries lower the “bad” cholesterol in our bodies, which also decreases the chance of diabetes and heart disease. However, the new research proved for the first time that strawberry extracts actively stimulate proteins that offer protection against disease. Strawberries can be found throughout the world, but tend to be grown in volume in North America and Europe. The U.S. alone produces 1.25 million tons of it per year. While the study focused solely on the strawberry, those of you who like to eat them with cream, and powdered sugar should think twice about adding those ingredients. They do take away some of the healthy attributes a strawberry can provide. I wonder if that applies to chocolate covered strawberries as well?