Strawberries can lower levels of cholesterol and harmful blood fat – if you eat enough of them, research has shown.
Scientists found that adding strawberries to the diets of 23 healthy volunteers significantly lowered the amount of "bad" cholesterol and triglyceride fat in their blood.
But the participants had to consume 500 grams (17.6oz) of the fruits – equivalent to two average-sized punnets – every day for a month.
The findings, reported in the Journal Of Nutritional Biochemistry, showed that strawberries reduced the harmful form of cholesterol by 14%.
Levels of 'good' cholesterol were unchanged.