The food and drug administration recommend adults 3-5 fruits every day. While this is a good goal to strive for, it doesn’t always happen. People are often on-the-go. They tend to eat what is easiest and most convenient at a particular time of day. Many of us pick up what we see at the grocery store—apples, bananas, and maybe berries. These are fantastic choices to enjoy, but what’s the benefit of each one? Well, I’m glad you asked.
First, my favorite fruit is a banana. Bananas are one of the best fruits you can eat as a snack. They don’t contain any fat, sodium or cholesterol. They are also excellent sources of Vitamin C (good for eyesight), magnesium (treats insomnia) and potassium—which regulates blood sugar and reduces your chance of a stroke. Bananas are also a great source of energy. They are often a good food to eat if you have digestion problems because they are going to move everything along.
Another Vitamin C-rich food is the lemon. It’s time to pucker up and enjoy its sour taste. In addition to its 128 percent vitamin C, lemons have 19 percent fiber and 4 percent potassium. Lemons have a lot of water in them so they’re going to make your stomach feel fuller for longer. In turn, this is going to help you lose weight. Furthermore, researchers have looked at the possibility that lemon juice might be able to fade scars. Since lemons have an acidic texture, this helps make the scars lighter.
Berries are another delicious fruit that everyone should enjoy. I always put blueberries in my morning oatmeal, while I eat strawberries and bananas in a dinner fruit salad. Blueberries and blackberries have antioxidants that assist in brain function. Each of these berries helps to prevent memory loss. Also, blueberries help lower cholesterol and aids in healthy digestion. On that note, cranberries are another berry excellent for the stomach. These berries prevent stomach ulcers, while promoting cardiovascular health. Last, but not least, strawberries help prevent diabetes and regulate blood sugar.
Apples are another fruit that are delicious as a healthy snack. Red Delicious and Fuji apples are among my favorites because of their sweet taste. Whichever apple you choose, you are sure to reaping lots of benefits. For instance, apples are a key fruit that is rich in the antioxidant quercetin. This antioxidant protects your brain cells and helps prevent alzheimer’s disease. Also, the fiber in apples help stabilize your cholesterol. Quercetin is also known to boost your immune system, which is going to help you fight against viruses.
On another note, limes are an excellent fruit if you’re trying to lose weight. Limes are a rich source of fiber, which helps you stay fuller for longer. It also promotes good digestive health. Limes help the process the food faster and prevent constipation. Furthermore, limes are a good choice if you are looking for a fruit low in fat and rich in vitamin C. Both of these help prevent cardiovascular problems, while they build up the immune system.
Oranges are another super food that is enjoyed throughout the year. This powerful fruit is most commonly known for fighting colds and the flu. This is because it has antioxidants that build up the immune system. These antioxidants fight viruses and inflammation to keep us well. Oranges also prevent high blood pressure. They are sodium-free which makes them the perfect snack for on-the-go moments. Furthermore, oranges have magnesium, which helps keep our bones strong.
Peaches are often overlooked as a super fruit, but their benefits should not be forgotten. One peach contains only 35-50 calories and no fat, which makes this fruit all the more better! Also, the fiber in peaches is going to fill up your stomach with water. This not only leaves you fuller longer, but stops those mid-afternoon cravings. Peaches are also stocked full with Vitamin A, which helps your vision; Vitamin C, which builds body tissue and Vitamin K, which prevents blood clots.
Pears are also a wonderful super fruit. They make a great afternoon snack and benefits you receive from pears are awesome. For instance, the pears have a high level of the antioxidant boron. This helps you keep your bones strong and healthy all your life. Also, it is a rich source of folic acid, which matters if you trying to conceive a baby. The folic acid helps prevent birth defects that could alter a child’s life forever. Furthermore, drinking pear juice may help reduce a fever or fight off viruses. They may be one of the blander fruits in the list, but shouldn’t be overlooked due to taste.
Also, consider giving pineapple a chance to prove you wrong. I usually go for the fresh pineapple instead of the canned; it has more of a tart taste, but is better for you. Pineapple is one of the best fruits you can eat if you want to keep your bones and teeth healthy. The manganese in the pineapple promotes healthy body tissues. Also, pineapple is 73% of your daily manganese requirement. Moreover, pineapple helps fight off viruses. It’s rich in vitamin C, which is going to boost your immune system. Pineapple may also have antioxidants that prevent arthritis pain.
Finally, consider mangos when you get hungry. These are delicious fruits and most people forget they are so healthy! One of the best benefits about mangos is that it prevents cancer, specially breast cancer and leukemia. Mangos also protect against high cholesterol because of its high levels of fiber and calcium. Moreover, mangos are an excellent way to get in your vitamin A. This hearty vitamin protects again vision, while it prevents night blindness and dry eyes. Furthermore, it’s going to stabilize blood sugar to help prevent diabetes and improve your digestive system.
These power fruits are excellent sources of the vitamins and minerals we should have in our diet everyday. Integrate one or two every few days. Soon you’re going to be feeling much healthier. Power up with these super foods and get back to your weight loss goals.