Fruits are an essential part of our diet. We’ve been told this since we were young, and continue to be told to eat them daily. It’s recommended that you eat about 2-2 ½ cups each day. Fruits have been known to help reduce the risk for diseases like type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. But why? Below we’ll discuss some of the properties that make fruit a critical part of any meal. Also included is a comprehensive infographic which will explain in detail the important health aspects of the different fruits.
Rich in Fiber
Fruits provide a great source fiber. This fiber is important to keeping your body feeling full. It also assists your digestive system, keeping it regulated. If you lack fiber in your diet, you may need to take fiber in the form of a supplement.
Many fruits like apples, oranges, and grapes are easy to carry around with you. They are great to eat on the go or have in addition to your meal. So wash your fruit, pack it in a ziploc bag, and bring it in your bag to eat whenever you get hungry. If you happen to own a juicer, you can easily pack your daily fruit needs into a quick drink. Fruits are nutritious in any form, whether they’re fresh, frozen, canned, or juiced.
Vitamins & Minerals
Fruits like oranges contain essential vitamins like vitamin C. Kiwis actually have more vitamin C than oranges! You can eat kiwis even with the skin on them. Bananas are known to be a great source of potassium while peaches are full of vitamin A.
There are not many people who don’t like at least some kind of fruit. The amount of fruit out there is so diverse. There are really sweet tasting fruits like strawberries and kiwis and less sweet ones like bananas.
Fruits can also be incorporated into many meals. Make a fruit smoothie, or add some bananas or blueberries to your pancakes. Eat them plain or even add spices to enhance the flavor of fruits like mangoes.