For a heart-healthy snack, eat strawberries. In a small new study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, participants who ate a lot of strawberries (about 3 cups, sliced, a day) for a month lowered their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 14 percent and triglycerides by 21 percent. They also showed improvements in platelet function and other cardiovascular blood markers.
Like other berries, strawberries are rich in flavonoids (notably anthocyanins, which give them their red color), along with vitamin C and fiber. It’s likely that more reasonable amounts of strawberries (and other berries) are also beneficial, though to a lesser degree. Because strawberries tend to be sprayed heavily with pesticides, rinse them well and, if possible, buy organic.