What makes fruits so appetizing? Their attractive colors and varied tastes are enough to lure even those for whom fruits are an anathema. The quintessence of fruits however lies in the fact that they contain many essential nutrients and are naturally low in calories, fat and sodium. An anytime, anywhere snack that tickles the taste buds.
Fruits are vital to health as they are rich sources of dietary fiber, vitamins and antioxidants and all of them- even the most commonplace ones- boast of impressive health benefits. While some infuse new energy, fight skin disorders and help improve the way the digestive tract functions, others help to curb weight and reduce blood pressure. Fruits are a powerhouse of goodness and have the potential to fight disease- an uncomplicated way of staying healthy.
Some fruits have been labeled as ‘super fruits’ and not without reason. They are a storehouse of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and ooze with nutrients that pave the way for a fitter, healthier you.
Let’s take a look at a few and see what they do-
Did you know that the age old adage of ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is not without merit? They are rich in vitamin C, which not only acts as a natural protector of cells but also helps in making collagen- the stuff that makes wounds heal and keeps skin healthy. Studded with flavonoids and small amounts of iron, calcium, phosphorous and potassium that promotes heart health, apples are a treat- be they green or red. The skin of the apple is equally potent- it contains quercetin- the antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties and also acts as an anti-histamine. Get into the habit of eating an apple when you palate asks for pastry.
A healthy carb that really fills you up in a jiffy. Eating a banana for breakfast along with your oatmeal is a great way to start the day. It’s also the best way to control those pangs of hunger that strike you right in the middle of the morning. They’re healthy and loaded with potassium, vitamins and B6 too. Easy to eat, they boost the metabolism and keeps you feeling full for longer periods. Now you know why tennis stars eat bananas during the one-minute breaks that they get. The golden yellow fruit with just a tinge of green is the best one to eat.
Red, green, purple, grapes are delicious and juicy to eat. Strangely, grapes belong to the family of berries and they are often referred to as the ‘queen of fruits.’ They’re loaded with phytonutrients that range from polyphenols to carotenoids. The polyphenol- resveratrol- helps in promoting heart health and also inhibits the production of free radicals. Grapes help lower blood pressure and increases the flow of blood to the brain. Grape seed extract has been known to benefit some Alzheimer patients while the malic acid in it prevents discoloration of teeth. The tanginess in grapes makes it ideal for salads and desserts. Add color and taste to your fruit bowl by throwing in some red, green and purple grapes.
Pomegranates contain bio-active plant compounds and are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. The juice and peel of the fruit contains powerful antioxidants known as punicalagins and punicic acid that is responsible for their powerful health benefits. The extract and powder made from the peel are good for digestive tract infections. The anti-oxidant activity of pomegranates is said to be thrice that of green tea and red wine.
From citrus fruits and berries to cherries, kiwis and grapefruit, the delightful world of fruits are there to be explored, discovered and eaten. Keep those fruits and veggies going and you won’t need to visit your doctor, ever. Their health benefits and disease-fighting properties are just endless- so pop a fruit when you’re thirsty, eat one when you’re a little empty and gorge on them when you’re hungry.
Make these super fruits a part of your regular diet.