Five Fruits for a Healthier You
These days we can find pretty much any fruit at any time of the year in either fresh or frozen form. But with so many options available, which fruits are the best choice for your health? Here are five fabulous “super fruits” to keep you healthy and happy all year round.
Blueberries are definitely first on this list. These tiny little berries are full of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to cancel out the effects of free radicals, which contribute to the aging of cells. Blueberries are also high in fibre and Vitamin C. Blueberries are also on the list of fruits that can potentially help to prevent cancer, especially ovarian cancer. Blueberries initially hail from North America.
Pomegranates are also rich in antioxidants, and preliminary studies are showing that they may combat breast cancel cells too. A 100ml serving of pomegranate juice also contains about 16% of the Vitamin C we need each day. Pomegranates are also good for your teeth, doing well to destroy dental plaque. This wonderfully versatile fruit is native to the Middle East and Northern India.
Another fruit with numerous health benefits is the little red cranberry. Many people know that cranberries work well to help heal urinary tract infections, but they are also very high in Vitamin C and help to prevent kidney stones. This is partly due to their anti-viral properties, which is also why they work as immune boosters and help you fight off colds and minor ailments. These are also a primarily North American fruit.
Not really a berry person? Then check out the fabulous coconut. This fruit is high in iron, protein, phosphorous and zinc, and contains much less sugar than bananas, apples and oranges. Coconut oil is the healthiest form of saturated fat and in moderation can help to combat cholesterol associated with cardiovascular disease. Studies have also shown that it may aid in weight loss. Coconuts were initially discovered in South Asia.
Looking for a healthier immune system? Try adding more papaya to your diet. Papaya supports the immune system. It is also high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and other B Vitamins. Papaya aids digestion as it contains an enzyme called papain that helps to digest proteins. It also contains potassium and fibre, while being low in calories. Papayas are native to Central and Latin America.
Even though cooked fruit is still fairly healthy, the best way to eat these fruits is to keep them raw. That way their high nutritional values won’t be diminished by cooking them, which can cause the fruits to break down. Try a fruit salad instead of toast, or perhaps some mixed fruit with yoghurt for breakfast. Add fruit to salads for an interesting flavour combination, and enjoy plenty of smoothies. If none of these fruits are your favourites, other high nutrition fruits include bananas, guavas, raspberries, strawberries, pineapples, grapefruits and kiwi.