Healthiest Fruit Checklist – Eat Your Way to Better Health

Although almost all fruits are loaded with fiber and essential nutrients, some fruits are considered super foods due to their amazing health benefits. The Acai berry or berries in general are considered by many to be the world’s healthiest fruit; however you may be surprised to know that some of the healthiest choices can be found right in your kitchen. There are many reasons to eat fruit; but the fact that they are readily available, all-natural, and inexpensive are among the most attractive reasons why fruit should be a part of your daily diet.

Making Fruits a Part of Your Daily Diet

The reasons to eat fruit are myriads. Average human body is composed of 57% water, while obese individuals have lower body water content at 45%. Since fruits are high in water content, they are excellent to provide hydration for the body. Fruits are also a natural source of fiber, which are digested and absorbed slowly by the body. This is the reason why consuming fruits makes you feel fuller for a longer time, compared to eating simple sugars and starches. Since no animals are slaughtered in a fruit diet, vegetarians and vegans prefer eating fruits mainly for this ethical reason.

Healthiest Fruit List

Here is a list of the top fruits known to possess an abundance of phytonutrients and antioxidants which you should include in your regular diet. A healthiest fruit list can come in handy when you’re grocery shopping, so you will know which fruits to buy for your daily diet.

•    Blueberries:  Blueberries are among the healthiest fruits due to their antioxidant content. They are also a superb source of Vitamin C and manganese. At just 80 calories per cup, there is every reason for you to snack or munch on blueberries anytime.

•    Oranges: Oranges are an excellent source of dietary fiber, and with its amazing load of Vitamin C, it is known to fight cancer and other diseases of the immune system.

•    Apples: Apples are among the healthy fruits which are easy to find anywhere. This fruit is rich both in soluble and insoluble fiber and is also a great source of antioxidants.

•    Bananas:  Bananas are known for their high doses of potassium and low sodium content. Not only are they valuable in lowering risks associated with high blood pressure, bananas are also helpful in stomach ulcer prevention. Something else I learned recently is that they are also a resistant starch which means they actually help curb appetite as well as aid in weight loss.

•    Kiwis: If there is any fruit higher in Vitamin C content than oranges, it’s the kiwi. Kiwis are also known to help in DNA protection and cataract prevention.

•    Grapes: Red wine is an excellent source of antioxidants; but if you don’t drink alcohol, a cup of grapes, especially the dark colored variety, can give you the same level of resveratrol for heart disease prevention. White grape juice is also easy on a toddler’s stomach if they seem to be easily upset by apple or orange juice.

•    Strawberries: Antioxidant rich, particularly in Vitamin C, strawberries are excellent when added to your breakfast cereal or consumed on its own. A daily dose of strawberries is known to prevent heart disease and diabetes and is also beneficial in treating inflammation.

• Grapefruit: Something that should be added to this list is the grapefruit, which is also high in vitamin C, but also helps regulate your blood sugar. I have written about this in a different post, but if you eat a half of grapefruit 3 times/day with your main meals, you should drop 5 pounds within a month with no other changes. It is that powerful!

 

REFERENCES:

[1] http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php
[2] http://www.rd.com/slideshows/best-antioxidantrich-fruit/3/
[3] http://www.lhj.com/recipes/healthy/eating/8-healthiest-fruits-you-should-be-eating/

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