Friday, March 11, 2011

Top 5 healthy fruits

Eisha Sarkar
Posted on Hello Wellness on Mar 11 2011 5:15PM

You've sworn off chips, chocolates and caffeine and pledged to go for the five-a-day helping of fruit. Here are the top 5 healthy fruits you should eat:

Apple: An important source of dietary flavanoids and fiber, apples contain powerful antioxidants that protect you against cardiovascular disease and cancer. If you have diabetes, eat the sour ones and if you have heart problems or are obese then go for the sweeter ones. And if you suffer from constipation, opt for the ripe ones. Chew on one before going to bed to keep oral germs and bad breath at bay.

Banana: A good source of potassium, fiber, Vitamins A, C, B, E and folate, bananas are good for babies as well as adults. The potassium it contains helps regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Convenience and nutritional value makes banana a good post-exercise snack. This carbohydrate-rich fruit serves very well as substitute for sweets and satisfies sugar cravings.

Plum: High in carbohydrates but low in calories and fat, plums are packed with vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Plums prove to be good laxatives and the vitamin C and phenols they contain have antioxidant properties, which help prevent macular degeneration, boost immunity, improve cardiac health and protect against cancer.

Pineapple: Sticky and sweet, the tropical fruit has is rich in potassium, Vitamin C, fiber, and calcium and makes for a good breakfast. It contains the enzyme bromelain that helps in the treatment of aches and pains, colds and asthma.

Berries: Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, cranberries, etc are rich sources of vitamin C that helps strengthen the immune system and connective tissue. Berries also contain phytochemicals and flavonoids that may help to prevent some forms of cancer.

Health tip: Wash away all harmful pesticides before you consume the fruit. Having fruits whole offer more benefits than having them peeled, chopped or pulped.


Anonymous said...

Thanks. This helped us a lot in our science lesson!! =D xx

Innate Explorer said...

Glad it did :)