We’ve all heard that we should be eating a more fresh fruit and vegetables each day. After all, it’s natural to eat, well, naturally! However, some people worry that the natural sugars found in fruit may be offsetting to specific diets they may be on.
We’re here to help dispel a few myths about fruit, as well as to confirm a few interesting nutrition facts about Fruit. Read on for the full, juicy lowdown!
One great reason to eat fruit regularly is that it’s extremely low in fat. However, some amount of fat is healthy for you. Fruit is also very low in protein.
However, fruit is generally very high in dietary fibre, which we all need to live healthily. Apples, for example, are thought to be rich in fibre, and that will help consumers who have high cholesterol.
Many fruit are high in antioxidants, which will help to empower your immune system. These fruits tend to be very high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Therefore, many nutritionists will recommend you eat at least one fruit that’s high in A, and one in C per day.
Fruits high in Vitamin C include oranges, apricots, blueberries, pineapples and kiwis.
Fruits high in Vitamin A include watermelon, mango, apricots, peaches and guava.
However, ‘blue fruits’ are also thought to be rich in antioxidants. Therefore, a diet replete in blackberries and blueberries could help to protect your body against infections and cancerous growths.
It’s also very healthy to mix dry fruits, such as raisins and figs, with fresh fruit. That’s because it’s thought a good mix could help to aid your digestion.
It’s always healthy to wash fruit before you prepare and eat them. That’s because you should make sure that chemicals and dirt are removed before you consume them.
Many different fruit have different health benefits. Grapefruit, for example, is said to be great for weight loss, and may help you to lower your cholesterol.
However, you will need to be very careful with grapefruit. If you eat it while taking specific medications, the consequences could be fatal. Check with your doctor!
Apples are also fantastic for your metabolism. That’s because they are rich in pectin, which helps to maintain gut bacteria that is actually helpful.
Bananas, of course, are extremely high in potassium. They are also extremely starchy, which means that they can help you feel fuller for longer.
Bananas may also be a great pre-workout snack, as they are great for healthy carbs and minerals.
Many people have relied on watermelon for hydration across long walks and journeys. When water isn’t readily available, it’s thought that you can consume watermelon and stay fully hydrated. This is helped by the fact that around 92% of these melons are water!
Canned fruit can be just as good as fresh; however, it is more likely to contain added sugars. These are sugars you want to avoid – sweeteners are not good for you, while a certain amount of naturally-occurring sugars in fruit are less harmful.
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