We’ve all grown up being told to eat your fruits and vegetables. Let’s talk about the “fruit” part and which fruit is good for what. Each fruit has their own special nutritional treat. If you want to focus on something particular, it’s good to know which fruit is best for you. Here is a short list of fruits readily available (or should I say “low hanging fruits”) you should consider and why:
1. Grapefruit: This luscious citrus fruit has Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron and Potassium along with dietary fiber. Grapefruits can be a great aid for losing weight and assisting in insulin reduction. A study showed that subjects that consumed half a grapefruit before meals lost more weight than those who didn’t. (1) We think Texas grapefruits are the tastiest and even though we’re Texans, we are not being partial.
2. Avocado: Yes, avocado is a fruit. It is loaded in monounsaturated fat which is a good fat. This fat is good for the heart and is a natural anti-inflammatory. They are also low in sugar compared to other fruits and have Vitamin K, Folate and Potassium among many other goodies. (2) So don’t be shy to add this delicious morsel to your salad. You’re doing your body good.
3. Strawberries: They’re so tasty they should be unhealthy but they’re not. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants which are excellent for your overall health and inflammation. Although Strawberries are a little high on sugar content, this study shows they shouldn’t typically cause blood sugar spikes. (3) They are also packed with vitamin C, manganese and potassium. (4)
4. Bananas: Most people think of potassium when they think of banana nutrition. This is true but it also has Vitamin B6 and manganese, omega 3 and phytosterols.(5) Bananas are also good for assisting in digestion and blood sugar levels at an already healthy level. One last perk is they’re pretty filling and a healthy way to curb hunger.
5. Grapes (the purple ones): First and foremost, they’re packed with antioxidants. Grapes also have 2 unique antioxidants – resveratrol and anthocyanins. Resveratrol is believed to be supportive in regulating serum lipids and supporting cardiovascular health. The French Paradox is based on this nutrient and we sell Resvert Plus which is its primary focus. Anthocyanins is what makes the grape purple. Studies have shown that it’s healthy for the liver, blood pressure, vision and even the suppression of proliferation of human cancer cells.(6)
6. Lemons: Most people think of oranges when they think of vitamin C but you actually get more out of a lemon than an orange. Yes, lemons have other nutrients like vitamin A and potassium but its main focus should be vitamin C. A lemon also has a third the sugar of an orange. Another bonus is that the lemon’s citric acid can be good for kidney health. (7) A squeeze of lemon can be a great compliment to many meals in more ways than one.
7. Cranberries: They have reasonable doses of Vitamin C, E and K1 but what makes cranberries unique is their ability to fight urinary tract infections or UTIs. The A-Type proanthocyanidins (say that 3 times real fast) are compounds that may keep bacteria from clinging to the lining of the urinary tract.(8) Those with UTI issues need to know of this unique purpose for this tasty fruit.
8. Blueberries: The key vitamin in blueberries is Vitamin K but it’s the antioxidants that they’re best known for. In fact, the blueberry is number 1 compared to 60 other fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants fight oxidative DNA damage which is a key role in aging and disease. (9) Reducing oxidative DNA damage also helps with assisting normal brain function and memory.(10) Those of you getting older and more forgetful might know what I’m talking about.
Conclusion: Some people are overly concerned about the fructose or sugar in fruits. The overall benefits of fruit nutrients can far outweigh the sugar intake. As with most things, moderation is the key. With that being said, we’ve never heard of somebody getting fat or becoming a type 2 diabetic from eating too much fruit.
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